LIFELINES

When you have a question, talk to the one who loves you

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 4/21/17

“It can’t be wrong when it feels good,” is the rationale taken by some when an action demands a decision.

Then there are those who seek advice until they find someone who will give them …

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LIFELINES

When you have a question, talk to the one who loves you

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“It can’t be wrong when it feels good,” is the rationale taken by some when an action demands a decision.

Then there are those who seek advice until they find someone who will give them justification on what they desire.

Others will go online to find someone in the same situation and follow his answer to the problem.

None of these things will necessarily send a person in the right direction. Sometimes the chosen solution may turn out to be the right one, but when it’s a life-changing thing, don’t you want a certainty — not a decision that comes from polling friends or strangers?

You may reason that if it is hard, it must be the right thing to do. On the other hand, if it seems simple, it must be right. Is there a criteria in making a right decision? I’ve had to make decisions which were hard and I didn’t particularly want the answer I got, and then I’ve been hesitant about some which seemed easy, which made me doubt them.

So where do you go? Of course, your first move would be to pray about it. God can send you to the right people for advice or lead you in the Word.

If you want feel like talking to someone, find someone who loves you and has an interest in your welfare. Paul said in Galatians 1:10 (KJV), “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”

I’m amazed at game shows, especially “Deal or no Deal.” A person comes to the place when he has to decide what to do concerning thousands of dollars. The audience roars, “Don’t take the deal!” Yeah, easy for them to say. Their winnings are not in jeopardy. Their shouts amplify as the contestant slaps down the box. But when the suitcase reveals the wrong number, he is the loser, not those who cheered him on.

Children often seek advice from friends and acquaintances or are swayed by the council or action of some celebrity. But the ones who love them the most are their parents. They are the only ones who have their welfare at heart and these are the ones to listen to.

We must remember and believe that God loves us. Proverbs 8:17 (KJV): “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” God does not have a bargaining table — He answers our prayers because He loves us.

Once I was on schedule to play the piano for a devotion at the church offices. Someone usually left a note with the song title to be sung. That morning the note read, “Jesus Loves Me” I think.

It hit me! That’s our problem. We just “think” Jesus loves us. But we can rest in the assurance that Jesus loves us unconditionally. He’ll never lead us wrong. He’ll never tell us a lie. He’s trustworthy. We can put our confidence in Him. When we pray, we know he’ll not broadcast our troubles.

Jeremiah 29:13 (KJV) reads, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

Jesus, who is our example, said in John 5:30 (KJV), “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”

If we make the Lord our first decision, all others will be sure. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33 KJV).

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