Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.’ But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the Lord. (Zechariah 1:4)
Life is full of decisions. What time should I wake up? What should I wear today? Do I work out or be lazy? The list goes on and on, and while we all understand that we make lots of decisions in a day, we can also agree that some decisions are more important than others. Ultimately, choosing Crest over Colgate isn’t nearly as earth-shattering as choosing whether or not to brush your teeth in the first place.
Perhaps one of the most challenging decisions we have to make relates to what we do when we realize that we’ve been doing the wrong thing. Aren’t there times when the proverbial wool is pulled from our eyes and we see our actions for what they truly are? There are moments of conviction where we know we’ve been living in a way that isn’t pleasing to God, and in those moments, we have a choice to either start moving in a different direction or continue walking down the same paths.
The thing that sets apart the wise person from the foolish one is choosing a different direction when the light of truth is shed on where he or she is currently headed. A wise person heeds the warning and turns a different way. The fool could not care less about the damage that he is inflicting on himself, his family, and his future.
Will you live the life of a fool or the life of a wise person?
Lord, please help me not to be a fool. When truth is brought to my attention, help me to respond with a heart of submission. Let me, in humility, give myself over to Your ways. When it comes to the big decisions in life, please help me to choose wisely – so that it may go well with me and so that You may be honored.