It Looks Good

Several years ago I traveled to New Mexico for a ministry conference. The conference was great, but it was good to be going home.  As I waited in the airport to return home, I looked through the gift shops to find my kids a gift.  I have always tried to bring them something back from wherever I travel in ministry.

As I looked through the gift shops I settled on gifts for each kid.  In my mind they each looked good.  In particular I was excited about Beth’s gift. It was a watch that had a leather band with stones from the area.  But what looked good to me, wasn’t so good to my daughter.  I offered it too her with pride and expectation of her joy, but instead I was met with, “daddy why did you get me such a thing?”

This morning’s devotion covered Psalm 111-121.  In particular I spend much time in Psalm 119.  I encourage you to dig deep in this chapter and watch the word come to life for you.  In particular I was gripped by Vs: 37, “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive in me Your ways.”  The Psalmist cried out to God to take his focus aways from worthless things and empower him to focus on the right things.

How does this happen? Psalm 119:9 gives us the answer,”How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed to the word of God.”  Before us are things that look so good but later we discover they were not nearly as good as we thought.  The writer of Psalms is encouraging us to test everything against the word of God.  I have discovered it is the word of God that keeps me on the right path and it is the word of God that helps me to avoid things that only look good.

If I had only talked to my daughter about the watch, before purchasing it, I would have saved money and heartache. Its the same way with every decision in life.  If we would only talk it over with God and look for His answer in the word, we would avoid heartache.

So let me encourage you to be in the word daily and even every hour meditate on His word. His word with keep you from traps and His word will lead you in correct paths.  My daughter has taught me, “If you want to know the facts about a person, just ask.”  Its the same way in our walk with Christ.”

I leave you with the precious word of the Lord, “Your word is a lamp to m y feet and a light to my path,” Psalm 119:105

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