There is no doubt about the importance of today’s nugget as we get to nugget #33. The nugget for today from John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average is: “If in doubt; don’t”. I’ve heard another version of this as well….”When in doubt; stay out”. But in essence I believe it says the same thing. The fact is that doubt and uncertainty is something we have to deal with on a daily basis.
If In Doubt; Don’t.
Whether it is a tempting business deal where huge promises are being made to you, or whether it is a decision which involves some moral issues for you: if in doubt; don’t.
In his book An Enemy Called Average John Mason refers to the following fable:
One day a hunter came across a bear in the woods. The bear said to the hunter, “I want a full stomach.”
The hunter responded, “I want a fur coat.”
“Let’s compromise,” the bear suggested – and promptly ate the man. As a result they both got what they wanted. The bear went away with a full stomach and the man went away rapped in fur.
Yet, the hunter learned the lesson of compromise: when having to choose between the lesser of two evils, choose neither.
We are faced with making choices every single day. Many people have the attitude of “whatever will be, will be”, thinking that we don’t really have any say in the outcome. Nothing could be further from the truth.
This way of thinking is derived from the fact that we should pray according to the will of God. But that does not exempt us from any responsibility. That doesn’t mean that we should say (or even pray) what we would like to happen, and then just helplessly sit back and see what is going to happen. We shouldn’t pray, and then wait to see what the will of God is. We should not only be praying according to – or in line with – the will of God; we should be praying the will of God. This is where it is often missed when people say “but I don’t know what the will of God is in any given situation”. Yes, you do know what the will of God is. It is written in the Bible.
In Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NIV) He clearly says “19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”.
God’s will for us is to have life, so that we and our children may live. Jesus came (and paid the price), that we may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10). But the responsibility is ours to make the choice.
In Matthew 6 Jesus teaches us how to pray by teaching what we know today as the Lord’s Prayer. In verses 9-10 (NIV) it says “9 “This, then, is how you should pray:
“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven”.
There you have it; God wants His will to be done, here on earth as it is in heaven.
On more than one occasion in Matthew it is stated that the Kingdom of Heaven has come near:
- Matthew 3:2 ….. “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
- Matthew 4:17 “From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
- Matthew 10:7 “As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’”
- Matthew 13:47 [The Parable of the Net] “Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish”.
- Matthew 16:19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
If you want to know what the will of God is; look it up in the Bible. If you want to know what the will of God is concerning you; look it up in the Bible. Romans 10:4-13 NIV says “4 Christ is the culmination of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
5 Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.”[a] 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’”[b] (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’”[c] (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,”[d] that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e] 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[f]
If Romans 10:4-13 is applicable to you, all promises in the Bible are applicable to you, and when you pray by faith according to the will of God, whatever you bind on earth, will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth, will be loosed in heaven (Matthew 16:19).
God is the Creator of all things. He is the King of kings. Everything about God speaks of excellence. So when you choose, never compromise. Go for excellence. God’s call is never a call to mediocrity; God’s call is always a call to excellence.
Today is The First Day of Your Future.
It is time to leave the past behind. Nothing that is in the past can be made undone. But today is the first day of your future. The choices you make today will have an impact on your future.
If you have made wise choices in the past and you are enjoying its fruit today, well done. Why don’t you share with us? But if that is not you, it’s not too late; what choices are you going to make today? Tell me about the choices you are committing too today.
I look forward to hear from you.