Posts Tagged ‘decisions’

  

“Get wisdom; develop good judgment…for [it] will protect you…and guard you.” (Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)

Today marks the 139th anniversary of the Battle of Little Big Horn. The U.S. Army was trying to herd the Lakota and Cheyenne tribes back to their reservations during the Summer of 1876. To force the large Indian gathering back, the Army dispatched three columns in coordinated fashion, one of which contained Lt. Colonel George Custer and the Seventh Cavalry.

Spotting an Indian village about fifteen miles away along the Rosebud River on June 25, Custer also found a nearby group of about forty warriors, whom he assumed were stalking him. Ignoring orders to wait, not realizing that the number of warriors in the village numbered three times his strength, nor understanding the tricky terrain he was in, Custer attacked. The result would be called “Custer’s Last Stand”, a tragic defeat, especially in light of how it could have been easily prevented by employing greater wisdom. 

When we move through life without wisdom, preventable tragedies dot our own landscape. Ask God for wisdom. Allow the Holy Spirit to direct your steps, trusting that God actually knows more than you do! Don’t create your own Last Stand! You are loved and led today! 

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“But when Pharaoh saw that the rain, hail, and thunder had stopped, he and his officials sinned again, and Pharaoh again became stubborn.” (Exodus‬ ‭9‬:‭34‬ NLT)

“The Flood of 1955” was one of the worst tragedies to hit Connecticut, causing 87 deaths and millions of dollars of damage. According to a report by Jeanne A. LeBlanc of the Hartford Courant, one of the worst heartbreaks was the deaths of Patrick & Margaret Mullin, both 70. After being safely rescued and evacuated to Westminster School, they walked back to their house as the pre-dawn flood waters were rising. They would later be found drowned in their attic. Once safe, now perished. 

We are all guilty of Pharaoh’s sin, of seeing God move yet continuing on in stubborn wrong decisions. God doesn’t make us that way, we freely choose it and then reap the after-effects. The sad part is when our poor decisions cost others a price. Stubbornness does that. 

The Bible and history books are filled with stubbornness that resulted in tragedy. Study why the Bible compares stubbornness to idolatry [see 1 Samuel 15:23], then let your heart be open to God’s correction and instruction that leads to life! You are loved today! 

The great God was showing the king what will happen in the future. The dream is true, and its meaning is certain.” (Daniel 2:45 NLT)

We’ve all had those moments of standing at a crossroads & didn’t know how to decide. Worse than that is those times where you don’t even have choices, only a plate full of negative consequences that appear to be about to collapse your life. Wisdom to make decisions & Hope to keep the spirit from being crushed are absolutely necessary for us to live. And God knows this.

Even kings, like Nebuchadnezzar, need help, that’s why God sent him Daniel. God was revealing Himself to the king & He was teaching Daniel to step out in faith and trust that God would answer. Both men came away encouraged to know that they weren’t alone in desperate situations, but that the great God moves best when things seem most bleak!

You need this assurance in your own life. God does use people & things to assist us, but don’t look for help there. Go to God today for wisdom & hope, and then be ready for whoever or whatever God sends to provide it. You are not alone or hopeless when your trust is in our great God! You are loved today!

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