Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Right or Wrong?

Most people’s views can be summed up in one of three colors; black, white or gray.   Black or white referrers to how we interpret right and wrong.  It’s either one or the other with no place in between unless you find yourself in the gray zone.  (...and you know who you are.)

Choosing to be firmly rooted and unmovable in your views can be a very happy place if you are the only human being living on the whole planet.  But, as soon as another person arrives, there will be an opinion different than yours--sooner or later.  

...and how are you going to handle that?

Here's how Adam, the first person on earth, handled it.  

God said, "It’s not good for you to be alone," So he made Eve for Adam and he was ecstatically happy with his gift.  Until he made a bad choice.  Then Adam said to God, “This woman YOU gave me, made me do it.”  (My paraphrase.)

Hum?  It sounds like Adam was neither black or white when it came to his own disobedience.  By blaming Eve, he wanted a pass into the safety of the gray zone.

In 1 Kings 3:9 (ERV) King Solomon said, “…So I ask you to give me the wisdom to rule and judge them well and to help me know the difference between right and wrong. Without such great wisdom, it would be impossible to rule this great nation.”

In King Solomon's request to God, there was no mention of the gray zone when he said, “Help me know the difference between right and wrong.”    

What King Solomon didn't ask was, "Help me to keep everyone happy or help me to compromise to keep the peace."

Solomon's powerful prayer is a reminder to us today that we need to ask God for help, direction, and wisdom in all our decision making.  

And when we mess up, (and that’s a given) we shouldn’t blame it on someone else.

“Dear Jesus, Help me know the difference between right and wrong, and when I’m wrong, help me make it right.”










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