(The Courting or Engaged Series – Batch 3)
We can be so right about something and yet be so wrong. If Joshua could have gotten it wrong (when he believed the Gibeonites’ story – Joshua 9) and Samuel could have gotten it wrong (when he was convinced that Eliab was the Lord’s anointed – 1 Samuel 16:1-7) and these were both great servants of God, in right standing with him and very spiritual, then we can get it wrong as well.
If Eli could have gotten it wrong (when he was sure that Hannah was drunk, when he observed she was muttering something without saying the words – 1 Samuel 1:1-13) and he was a Priest of the Lord, then we can too.
This is why it is so dangerous to take matters into our own hands, to try to figure out things without God’s help, to jump to conclusions, to act hastily and to think that we have matters handled.
Even if we credit ourselves as being super-intelligent, super-discerning, super-smart, super-wise, super-spiritual and therefore super-sure about something or some person or some decision, Joshua, Samuel and Eli all demonstrated, that we are still prone to make mistakes and big ones at that. We can for example, be convinced that a certain someone is the one that we are intended to be with and to marry and still be dead wrong. We can put confidence in a person’s character and tell ourselves that that person will never change, that others may disappoint us but that he will never let us down and guess what? That person does!
People betray us all the time. People change all the time and people reveal facets of their character that we could have never dreamed existed, all the time. No matter how spiritual we are we can be gullible and we can be duped. Deception, even self-deception is never beyond us. We can all be affected by it because we are mere human beings and we are all capable of making wrong decisions.
No matter who we are we do not have perfect knowledge or perfect wisdom. Given our limitations therefore, it highlights the importance of seeking the one that is never wrong, that never gives bad advice and that knows everything, including the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:9-10). We must seek him (God) to find out what he has to say about an issue and what we should do and if we have relationship with him through our faith in Jesus Christ his Son, then he invites us to come boldly to the throne of grace to pray for his help (Hebrews 4:16).
The only way we will make it through this life successfully is to be totally and utterly dependent on God and his wisdom. He stands ready to help us and advise us and guide us but we must come to him.
No matter how strongly we feel about something and how right it looks and how convinced we are that the path we are taking or a person we have embraced is a good path or a good choice, unless we involve the Lord in it from the get-go, seek his face for what HE thinks and DO whatever he commands us when he answers, we are sure to make some wrong choices, to get some rude awakenings, to experience disappointment, suffer losses and have colossal regrets.
(Written on 09th January, 2023)
Dear Reader, if you found the above Article to be informative, beneficial, edifying or interesting, you may also be interested in reading the following:
- Note 16 – ‘Dear Christian, Does God Approve Of Your Relationship?’
- Note 42 – Making The Wrong Decision Can Be Costly – When You Don’t Wait On God To Introduce You To Your Spouse’
- Note 62 – ‘I Being In The Way, The Lord Led Me – A Match Made In Heaven’
- Note 63 – ‘Who To Marry’
Under the ‘BIBLE-BELIEVING Daughters’ page:
- Note 184 – ‘Could You Be Sincerely Wrong?’
- Note 262 – ‘Why We Should Let God Direct Our Path’
- Note 273 – ‘He Wants To Be Enquired Of’