Do we really believe in God and Satan, heaven, and hell, good and evil, or right and wrong? Do we actually believe lies hurt, or there is freedom in truth, or the world could be a better place if people changed? Do you continually struggle with questions that seem to have no answers, yet you can’t get them off your mind or do you experience feelings of dread for absolutely no reason? Are you going to bed at night with never-ending worry or waking every morning with wonderment and concern? Just one more question for you, do you genuinely believe you’re searching in the right places and doing everything in your power to resolve your issues? Here is one example the inspired word of God offers that might help you better understand where this is going. Proverbs 26:5 (NLT), Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation. In trying to answer our own questions with our tainted and biased minds, we often become the fool.
It all is centered on that proverbial question, who am I and why am I here? In seeking to answer these two questions, we come very ill-prepared to accept God’s truth as we can’t get a clear vision of Him. We’re a complicated species with an acutely limited understanding of all the hows and whys of life. Then to create an even more volatile situation the scholars and scientists have over the centuries clouded our understanding of this issue even more. Creating a mental barrier or a wall (if you will) that many choose to ignore or hide behind. Disrupting our thought processes so that our vision is blurred even more. We live with this daily, as we struggle to simply find our place in this man’s world and God’s world at the same time. We can’t get a grip on something I heard Pastor Tom Early say, “we are not physical beings on a spiritual journey, we’re spiritual beings on a physical journey.” Yet many choose to discount God’s power for the worry and confusion of living in the little mundane world of their own creation because they can no longer find faith in the guidelines Jesus set for us to follow. Help yourself and grasp that which is written in Proverbs 11:14 (NLT), Without wise leadership, a nation falls; there is safety in having many advisers. It’s time to face facts, we need all the help we can get, as long as it is the right kind of help!
Pastor Joe Dillard would always say on this subject, “my mama always told me, you will become like those you hang around with.” Which is proven throughout the history of this planet to be the bare bone truth! Ergo we are to hang with the best to be better, the strong to become stronger, the brilliant to become smarter, and so on. This gives us the upper hand toward clearing the blurred lines as we journey on through this life. God has established guidelines if we will be obedient in learning them and rest in the truth that He has made a way for us to succeed. The thought I have here is a successful outcome always requires a plan set for succeeding or one of my favorite quotes from Jeffrey Archer “Time spent on preparation is seldom wasted.” If one is not prepared for Satan to blur the lines of this life, that same one is flirting with the perils of eternity. A great plan is to read and abide by Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT), 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. And then Proverbs 16:9 (NLT), We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. God wants to be our guide as we stumble through the blurry paths of this world.
Now, where does this leave us? Still, confused as to who you are and why you’re here? Still full of confusion and questions? Still, nursing and rehearsing useless reasons? “Great!” If one is plagued with the situation of these questions and seeking to unblur the lines of understanding, what better motivation could one have? Check out Proverbs 16:3 (NLT), Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed and/or Proverbs 16:20 (NLT), Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful. Pastor Joe constantly reminded me to read a chapter of Proverbs a day because Proverbs is the book to get you through each day in a Godly way. To copy a tv ad, my lines don’t usually get blurred, but when they do, I turn to God and His people. If you haven’t figured it out yet, God is our answer, “to everything!”
My prayer this week is taken from Ephesians 1:18 (NLT), I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called, his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. Lord may we all come to understand that everything comes from you, therefore you are to be the first we turn to with any concern we may have. Asking you to lead guide and direct us to the answers you have for us. Lord, I apologize for any hesitation I show in turning to you with a need and ask that you forgive me for my inconsiderate actions. Thank you, Father God: Amen
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