Points to Ponder Season Your Mind Before Making Decisions
by Pastor Dennis Whitmore
Daily Bible reading informs the soul. I have found that even if I only get a few verses in during the chaos of a busy and unpredictable day, the word of the Lord “seasons” my mind to think from a more godly, scriptural perspective on things.
At our church in Laurel, we had some heavy banking decisions to make. I suggested to the leaders on the finance committee to read through the book of Proverbs before meeting with the bank. I did so myself, studying for almost two hours.
When I sat in on the meeting, I found that my study had given me the perspective I needed to take in order to hear all sides and to discern what actions we should consider taking. Without that Bible study time, I would not have come up with the insights and perceptions that came to me that day.
This is not to say that there were verses that jumped up and simply said to, “do this.” No. It was a deeper sense of spirit-level reasoning. We usually take on a matter as it stands before us and then without too much forethought, reason it out and come to a certain conclusion. The spirit level goes deeper under the matter and also helps us to stand above it so we can see the broader implications - and the long-term consequences.
Jesus says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things (you are worried about or think you need) will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
The kingdom of God is the rule of God; to seek first His Kingdom is to seek His rule in the matter at hand. To seek His righteousness is to strive to be like Him, in right relationship with God. To seek these things, we have to begin on a spirit level. That requires humility and a sincere desire to know God’s perspective and His will for you and those things which concern you.
It will make all the difference in your life if you make Bible study a priority and prayer a regular ongoing practice. Sometimes your study time will reveal to you a direct answer. At other times, it will train you and guide you along the way toward finding the answer.
“Do not worry about anything; instead pray about everything; tell God your needs and do not forget to thank Him for His answers.” (Philippians 4:6 TLB)
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Whitmore serves God at the First United Methodist Church in Laurel, MD.