All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify/build up. 1 Corinthians 10:23
I have been struggling this week with a decision about plans for an upcoming holiday. We thought it would be nice to have a little get away. Not far, but just something to step away from life for a day or two. As I looked at options and wrestled with thoughts about getting a place during a holiday weekend, I finally had the thought: “You know what? I am going to turn this over to the Lord!” Maybe I had been talking to Him about it some, but mostly, I was just trying to put a plan together by myself. So, finally I prayed: “Heavenly Father, we thought it would be nice to get away for a few days, but it is turning into pressure and anxiety trying to figure out the details. Would You please open the doors for the right timing and place to have a little break?” As I then went back to bed and started drifting off, I heard these words deep within my heart: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I will not want.” (see Psalms 23) I thought “Yes! That is exactly right!” He is the One that leads me in the right path, and I know He will lead us to the right place at the right time!! I do not need to stress or feel pressure or force anything, I just need to follow my Shepherd.
My point is, it is not wrong for us to get away, and it is not wrong for us to put together a plan to take a short get away trip or even a long trip around the world for that matter. However, there is always a better way and that is God’s way.
In the verse today, Paul says a similar thing. He said all things are lawful to me, but not everything is helpful to what I am working toward. Even though all things are lawful to me, not everything grows and encourages my spirit man. Of course, he is talking about food in this passage, but the same is true in all things in life.
There are many options we face each day. Where we will work, where we will go after work and even where we will live. Although making these decisions and many other daily decision are not sinful, there is always the best choice that can be made, and that is to follow your great Shepherd. He will lead you in the path of righteousness and to the still waters and even THROUGH the trials and the valley of the shadow of death. Sometimes the plans we make on our own are just distractions from the real path we should be on.
Today I want to encourage you as you face decisions in life. All things are fine for you to do, but not everything is useful and beneficial. Even though a plan may look good on the surface, it may not be the most productive or profitable for what you want to accomplish in life. Turn it all over to your good Shepherd and let Him lead you on the right path at the right time with the right people!
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 10:14-33