Wise As A Serpent: God’s Will For Your Life Today

This article is from the knowing “God’s Will For Your Life” series. Here’s the 1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th, and 12th from the series.

God is no fool. His children aren’t to be marked by foolishness, either. Here’s what Jesus said you are to be:

“Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16).

God’s design for His children is that you be wise, not foolish. To be foolish is to do something other than what is the obvious and correct choice. For example, walking against oncoming traffic on an interstate highway is foolish. You’re going to die. It’s just a matter of time. It’s not a wise thing to do.

Likewise, jumping off the roof of a thirty-story building in order to test the theory of gravity would be a foolish thing to do. Again, you’re going to die if you do that. It isn’t wise. And God doesn’t want His children to be marked as a foolish people.

We are all fools for Christ’s sake, certainly. But that’s the world’s general assessment of us due to our remarkable faith in an unseen God. But God’s assessment of the situation is quite different. In fact, it would seem from Scripture that to not understand God’s will for your life is actually indicative of foolishness itself.

Did you catch that? To not rightly discern God’s will for your life is a display of flippant folly. Foolishness. Spiritual stupidity, if you will.

It isn’t as though God is sitting on His throne in giggles, entertaining Himself by hiding critical bits and pieces of His plan from you. Nor is the Lord’s will like a carrot dangling on a string; close enough to be interesting but not enough so as to be grasped. No!

The Scripture says,

“So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:17; underline mine)

Yes, the Lord wants you to both know and readily act upon His plan for your life. He wants you saved, sanctified, thankful, sexually pure, submissive, and wise.

Question: How are you doing so far with this list?


* Image credit: Meliza Celeridad (Creation Swap)

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