Sunday, June 14, 2009

Spell Check

The following is the imaginary result of a young student’s “homework assignment”:

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We can laugh at this "story" because it's full of misspelled words, contextually speaking. But my computer spell check didn’t notify me of any errors! What can be true in the realm of grammar and syntax can apply to the spiritual realm as well.

“‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are my ways your ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.’” Isaiah 55:8-9

Sometimes, even as believers, we try to make decisions based on “the wisdom of this world” (1 Corinthians 1:20). Writers make use of their computer spell check program because it makes good sense, but as we see, it isn’t always a reliable guide. So how can we be sure to discern God’s “ways” and his “thoughts”, as shown in the above verses? By seeking the Lord and his wisdom, by comparing worldly advice to scriptural truth, and by praying about everything, we can experience God's leading in our decision-making.

Related scriptures: Proverbs 3:5-6, James 1:5, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, Colossians 2:8-10,
Philippians 4:6-9

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