Isaiah 65:2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
Men get into trouble when they begin to think too highly of their own thoughts. If they are not careful, these opinions will become the driving force in their decision making. This will mean that the word of God finds itself in competition for the seat of authority. The sad truth is that men often fail to notice within themselves this substitution of authorities. While their mouths may falsely testify of a loyal submission to the scriptures, their actions testify that their opinions are instead leading the way. The Devil works subtly because he knows how to gradually lead men astray by keeping them from noticing any abrupt changes within their hearts and outward deeds. By the time rebellion is detected, the Devil has a stronghold only broken by prayer and heartfelt submission to God.
- (For children): King Saul knew what God wanted him to do, but he only partially obeyed (1 Samuel 15:3, 7-9). Yet, he still failed to see what was wrong with his actions (1 Samuel 15:13-15, 20). He was greatly fooled (1 Samuel 15:10-11, 18-19, 22-23).
- (For everyone): What leads your emotion and decision making? What gives you joy or frustration? What moves you to the point of making a decision? What is driving your mind and heart?
- Have you ever heard someone suggest that you should merely follow your heart? How can that be wicked counsel that is contrary to the word of God?
- Ask the Lord to help you hide His word in your heart.
- Ask God to give you a proper perspective on your own thoughts.
SONG: HE LEADETH ME