Making the Best Choices – Daily Devotion


THE MOMENT I STARTED TRAINING
FOR A 5K, I HAD A CHOICE. I COULD CONTINUE EATING
CANDY CORN BY THE HANDFUL AND FEEL LIKE I’M RUNNING
IN CEMENT SHOES, OR I COULD
EAT LESS CANDY AND HAVE A FIGHTING CHANCE
AT COMPLETING THE RACE. I HAD TO MAKE A CHOICE. IN FIRST CORINTHIANS 6:12, PAUL WRITES,
“EVERYTHING IS PERMISSIBLE, “BUT NOT EVERYTHING
IS BENEFICIAL.” IN THIS SECTION, HE ISN’T TALKING ABOUT CANDY CORN. THE CONTEXT OF
THIS PASSAGE IS PAUL CONFRONTING SOME
REALLY MESSED UP IDEAS THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH
WAS DEALING WITH. SPECIFICALLY, PAUL ADDRESSED THEIR SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOR, AND TRIED TO HELP THE CORINTHIANS UNDERSTAND WHY GOD WANTS THEM
TO AVOID THESE BEHAVIORS. GOD WANTED WHAT’S
BEST FOR THEM, BUT THEY WERE CONTINUING TO
CHOOSE WHAT’S BAD FOR THEM. DON’T WE DO THE SAME THING? DON’T WE OFTEN MOVE AWAY
FROM WHAT GOD WANTS TO WHAT WE WANT? EVERY DAY WE ARE FACED WITH CHOICES OF THINGS WE COULD DO, AND PAUL’S CHALLENGING
US TO CONSIDER IF THOSE THINGS ARE
GOOD FOR US OR NOT. DO THEY LEAD US CLOSER
TO THE ABUNDANT LIFE GOD HAS FOR US?
OR ARE THEY SELF-DESTRUCTIVE, LEADING US FURTHER
FROM THE HEART OF GOD? NOT EVERYTHING’S
A MORAL DECISION, BUT SOME DECISIONS
ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS, AND EVEN IN THE INSIGNIFICANT
DECISIONS OF LIFE, GOD WANTS WHAT’S BEST FOR YOU.

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