God is always speaking and teaching. His sovereignty is exemplified in the masterful ways He reveals Himself and in the way that He teaches His children.
The entire Universe is His classroom.
The LORD gives instruction in any place, at any time and about anything. The issue is - are we paying attention to the lesson(s).
A few days ago, while running personal errands I noticed a young woman in front of me at the ATM. She appeared to be in her early 20s. Her arms, from shoulder to wrist were covered with tattoo art. In great detail and superior skill, literally on every inch of her arms was a unique, elaborate design. Her toned, smooth arms no doubt provided a wonderful canvas for the artist.
As I marveled at the artistry, a question came to mind...how her arms will look in 40 or 50 years. I wondered if she would be as proud of her youthful self-expression when she's a senior citizen. How much would she regret her earlier actions?
She may have already started to experience negative consequences. I imagined that her career and wardrobe choices are already greatly affected and perhaps severely limited. Had she considered the potential cost of her creativity?
Class was now in session.
“There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.”
Proverbs 14:12 (Amplified Bible)
Wisdom should be the foundation of every decision you make. Some things are so vital that they can impact the rest of your life. Seeking God’s counsel and vision is imperative.
It is important to focus on the present and live in the moment but failure to carefully consider what may seem like a benign choice today - could become a catastrophe in the future.
Even in our dietary considerations, some thought should be given to the potential, long-term consequences. Today’s meal may affect tomorrow’s mobility.
Permit the Teacher to lead you.
And be teachable!
“Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.”
Psalm 25: 4&5 (New King James Version)