(If you're here because of a link from "At The Well" for 10/27/08, don't worry, you're in the right place!)
Image by crunklygill via Flickr I heard myself inwardly praying just now, "Lord, please give me wisdom in my priorities."
"Whose priorities?" He asked.
Oh. Yeah. Right.
Lord, I need wisdom in Your priorities, don't I? I could be incredibly wise about my own priorities and be a complete fool with Yours.
You know, when we remember that everything revolves around God, it can simplify a lot of things.
Should we or shouldn't we bow our heads and close our eyes and thank God for our food at the restaurant? We can ask ourselves what impact we do or don't think that will have on other patrons. We can ask ourselves whether or not we'll look foolish. Some people will come down on one side of that argument, and some on another.
Or we could ask ourselves what God deserves.
That simplifies everything, doesn't it?
Should I finish my housework, or should I work on my blog? Ah...now that's not as simple. Both can be done to the glory of God. If I just ask the Lord to give me wisdom regarding my priorities, I might not hear the still, small voice. I might not really be listening for it, because I'll be too busy thinking about my own desires and weighing them in my own scales.
But if I ask Him to give me wisdom about His priorities, I know exactly what will happen (because it has happened). Which does God command women to do? Which of those things would my husband rather I did? Which would benefit my family more? It's really very easy, when I consult His priorities instead of my own (which tend to be far too strongly influenced by my personal preferences).
Lord, help us to remember to look at our choices and ask:
What have You commanded or taught us?
What do You deserve from us?
What would bless You?
What would glorify You?
And then please increase our love for You, so that Your commandments will be a joy to us, and we won't insult You by thinking of them as burdens (1John 5:3).
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