It’s no secret that something is afoot in our culture, with increased secularization ushering in confusion, uncertainty and moral chaos. Rather than placing God at the center, many people have decided to try and become their own arbiters of truth.
As a result, there’s a general sense that whatever works for a person or feels good is the path worth exploring. It's a "feel good" culture that tends to give a collective side-eye to self-restraint.
Yet Jesus made it clear in Luke 9:23 that we must die to ourselves if we wish to live for Him:
"Then he said to them all: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'"
The Bible warns us that there’s a major difference between the world’s standards and God’s. Sometimes, something might seem right, good, noble — or simply worth doing. The quest for money, for example, can easily lead people down a path of compromising values.
This, of course, is hardly a new paradigm. Solomon dealt with this nearly 3,000 years ago when he wrote Proverbs 14:12, which reads: “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.”
Feelings can deceive us; the world can lead us to ignore our conscience for the sake of gain. These are just facts. The best way to check ourselves is to always go to God in prayer.
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We no doubt live in a culture that tends to shun Truth, or to, at the least, ignore it. Solomon addressed this dynamic, writing in Proverbs 14:9 that “fools mock at making amends for sin, but goodwill is found among the upright.”
In the end, it’s up to us to take our concerns to God and to be discerning about all circumstances. This can be difficult in today’s culture, which is why daily Bible reading and prayer are absolutely essential to keeping us in touch with God’s will for our lives.
Being discerning and on guard at all times takes some effort on our part: “The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning” (Proverbs 14:6).
Again, we must think deeper about our steps and not merely get swept up into the moment. Solomon tells us in Proverbs 14:15 that "the simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps.”
So, are you giving thought to your steps today? Pause, take a moment and pray for guidance. His grace is sufficient.
Be sure to also check out my quick devotions and reflections on Proverbs 1, Proverbs 2, Proverbs 3, Proverbs 4, Proverbs 5, Proverbs 6, Proverbs 7, Proverbs 8, Proverbs 9, Proverbs 10, Proverbs 11, Proverbs 12 and Proverbs 13. And...curious about what all this means? Looking to better understand who God is? Take the next step.
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