November 27

Psalm 25:1-5

“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.” vs 4

Most people want to do good! No matter where we go around the globe, no matter what religion people espouse, there is a general desire to do what is right. Even people with no faith at all want to lead decent lives. That’s just the way God has wired us. But it’s not that easy. As all of us know, the circumstances of life present daily challenges and decisions are not clear-cut…often our choices are destructive. And then there are those demons that constantly tempt us to act in our own self-interest or in ways that are hurtful to others…their influences are seductive and treacherous, even for the well-intentioned. No wonder the psalmist pleaded for instruction from the Lord. It isn’t that he didn’t know the rules. The commandments and the law were well-known in his time. But like us he needed more and longed for clear direction in the nuances of daily living. Each day holds countless possibilities for us…each moment brings an opportunity for another choice. We wonder what to say or what to do. And how will our words and actions be received? Will we be a help or a hindrance to those we love? And so we pray, “Lord, teach us your paths. Give us your wisdom.” Will we always then do the right thing? Probably not…but often we will. And in those moments we will give praise and thanks to God!

Thought for the Day: A time when I’ve said or done exactly the right thing!

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