Adding Question Marks
Monday, August 13, 2018
The thoughts of the righteous are just;
the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
Life is full of question marks. Do this . . . or that? Should I? Could I? Can I? Or not?
Yes—but truth be told, sometimes we put question marks where they don’t belong. A man I knew some years ago excused his divorce by saying, “I know what the Bible says about divorce, but I believe God wants me to be happy.” Like Satan in the Garden he had put a question mark where it didn’t belong. He changed the declarative, God has said, to an interrogative: “Has He really said?” (Gen 3:1).
Godly people don’t add question marks, for The thoughts of the righteous are just. Note carefully—their thoughts are just. The godly (like David) are men and women after God’s heart (1 Sam. 13:14). They make it their business to think his thoughts after him. They don’t debate the clear teaching of Scripture; they don’t need another meeting to discuss a “Christian” response when God’s answer is crystal clear.
The thoughts of the godly are God-honoring, but the counsels of the wicked—the deliberations, discussions, and debates over simple right and wrong—are deceitful. They obscure clear teaching with smokescreen suggestions about God’s love, grace, and care. How can it be wrong? Doesn’t God want us to be happy? Like the Corinthians who did not “mourn” flagrant sexual sin in their midst, the ungodly add question marks where they don’t belong. Instead of searching for wisdom like silver (Prov. 2:4), they’re looking for loopholes like shysters.
Welcome to Christ Church this Lord’s Day. Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Psalm 119:89
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