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by: Don Carmichael

07/11/2022

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…We make them absolutely all of the time, don’t we.  Left, right, straight ahead or stay where we are.  Enter and exit, we decide; all within the confines of our own minds, good or bad, better or worse.  And from these decisions, we hopefully learn how to make better decisions, rather than just plowing ahead.  Some faster, others slower, but hopefully with more wisdom and less “blinking,” the act of acting on the ideas that hit the frontal lobe of our minds.
Here’s a point of order.  “Without guidance, a people will fall, but with many counselors there is deliverance;” and the greatest of counsel or advice is not the blink and random opinions of others, but the words of God Himself as front and center.  “Then the men of Israel…did not seek the LORD’s decision.”  A decision had been made.  It was counter to the instructions God had already provided.  And that was a problem.  Simple enough as it was, it was wrong.  They had but to ask first, a failure of us all, be it before we open a letter or email or take a call.  We have but to ask, an offering from God Himself, “Who gives (wisdom) to all generously and ungrudgingly.”  Just ask.  Then listen.
Father, teach us to add Your counsel to our habit of action before thought, taking just a second to ask for Your wisdom, knowing You know better that which is before us in our blindness of the moment, trusting You.
‭‭Decisions.  Take a moment as a new or renewed habit to ask or commit that “incoming” whatever, before you move forward.  Just a moment.  The time it takes to make a decision before the decision.  Allow God Himself to softly speak first. He will never counter His written words and promises.
Joshua‬ ‭9:14‬, Proverbs‬ ‭11:14‬, Matthew 7:7, James 1:5 CSB‬‬ ‬‬
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…We make them absolutely all of the time, don’t we.  Left, right, straight ahead or stay where we are.  Enter and exit, we decide; all within the confines of our own minds, good or bad, better or worse.  And from these decisions, we hopefully learn how to make better decisions, rather than just plowing ahead.  Some faster, others slower, but hopefully with more wisdom and less “blinking,” the act of acting on the ideas that hit the frontal lobe of our minds.
Here’s a point of order.  “Without guidance, a people will fall, but with many counselors there is deliverance;” and the greatest of counsel or advice is not the blink and random opinions of others, but the words of God Himself as front and center.  “Then the men of Israel…did not seek the LORD’s decision.”  A decision had been made.  It was counter to the instructions God had already provided.  And that was a problem.  Simple enough as it was, it was wrong.  They had but to ask first, a failure of us all, be it before we open a letter or email or take a call.  We have but to ask, an offering from God Himself, “Who gives (wisdom) to all generously and ungrudgingly.”  Just ask.  Then listen.
Father, teach us to add Your counsel to our habit of action before thought, taking just a second to ask for Your wisdom, knowing You know better that which is before us in our blindness of the moment, trusting You.
‭‭Decisions.  Take a moment as a new or renewed habit to ask or commit that “incoming” whatever, before you move forward.  Just a moment.  The time it takes to make a decision before the decision.  Allow God Himself to softly speak first. He will never counter His written words and promises.
Joshua‬ ‭9:14‬, Proverbs‬ ‭11:14‬, Matthew 7:7, James 1:5 CSB‬‬ ‬‬
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