What’s good enough on the path of life?
“Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”
In order for us to define good, we need to have bad, the two can’t exist without each other as foils. So what is bad? Bad is anything that isn’t good, right? So what’s good?
I recently left my position and I’m not sure where God is leading me our where I’m going. What I do know is that this is His plan – too much has transpired in my life recently to be anything but his plan. Is it good or bad? It can only be good no matter what happens because it’s His plan. I just have to listen and execute*.
At the end of the day we all have a definition of what’s good and bad. God’s definition is consistent, ours aren’t. If our definitions change, get some gray in them, why did they move? It’s probably because we wanted something we couldn’t get without a little compromise. How often do we look back and see how far we’ve fallen? As a recovering drunk, and someone who’s passion is to work with God to bring those struggling with addiction to Him, the stories are amazing. The stories of what they have done, how far they had fallen, what was done to them by people who had likewise fallen. The things I’ve done in my own life that are so far from good, so far from God, that people rightfully could call me hypocritical if they didn’t know how the Holy Spirit has transformed my heart, changed me. I look on these things and am mortified that that’s who I was, that there was so much gray in my life, that I caused so much pain and destruction.
What’s the point? We should land on a definition of what’s good or bad that doesn’t change with our desires. The definition of good and bad should mold us, we shouldn’t mold it. Right is right and is always right. We as humans don’t do a good job of discerning right from wrong, so we should leave that to God.
No, to perfectly follow what God has set as expectations is an impossible thing to do, but it is the path we are to follow if we care that good is good, and bad is bad, that there’s no room for one shade of gray much less 50. But “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.”
*Please pray for me to have God’s wisdom and discernment, to take the cotton out of my ears and put it in my mouth so I can listen and clearly hear God’s will, not me – thanks!