You Call THIS Good?

Bible Reading:
Introduction to Wisdom Proverbs 1:20-33; 2; 3:13-24; 4; 8; 9:1-6, 13-18

"For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair--every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you" (2:6-11).

"Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life. Don't use your mouth to tell lies; don't ever say things that are not true. Keep your eyes focused on what is right, and look straight ahead to what is good. Be careful what you do, and always do what is right. Don't turn off the road of goodness; keep away from evil paths" (4:23-27 NCV).

Why do I think I know, more than God, what is right and just and fair? When the "good" path he has chosen for me is contrary to my own idea of what should happen, why do I kick and complain? Does God make mistakes? Does God need me to advise him so he can do a better job? That sounds absurd, and yet, I have felt that way many times in my life.

I am finally beginning to realize how much I can trust God to choose what is best. When I look back on the roads I've traveled with him, I recognize the wisdom of his ways and the fullness of his love. As I contemplate the detours I've forged by myself, I can now see my own inferior judgment; yet, I am amazed at how God mapped even those into his good plan after I turned again to follow him. The bank of my own wisdom will eventually bankrupt, but if I live according to God's wisdom, I can draw upon the spiritual victory that he has stored up for me.

Lord, help me understand and follow your ways as you make your path clear before me. As I fill my mind with your truths, let your thoughts become my thoughts, and your words, my words. Teach me how to apply your understanding and discretion so that they will guard and protect my mind like a shield. Keep my eyes focused on you as I look straight ahead down the road of goodness you are paving for me. Though the good path is often treacherous and steep, I am safest by your side. Your gentle voice comforts and counsels me. As I walk hand in hand with you, I am gaining a new understanding of what is "right and just and fair--every good path." Keep my feet moving forward, placing one foot in front of the other, as you shine your light just far enough for me to take the next step with you.