Discernment

Posted on January 8, 2014 · Posted in Wisdom

Does God want you to choose only between good and bad? Or is he also interested in you making the right choice between what is good and what is best?

 

Too often parents only focus on choosing between good and bad. That is important. But even more important is the goal to choose that which is best! God wants us to do more than avoid evil. He wants our best.

 

This is why Ruth Younts defines discernment this way:

 

“Discernment is seeing the difference between good and bad – or good and best – so I know what to do to please God.”

 

Prayer for discernment:

 

Dear Lord, sin makes me so foolish and stupid sometimes!  Thank you for giving us the Bible for wisdom. Help me think carefully about what is best and do it, even if that means disagreeing with my friends. Please help me to love wisdom and be discerning. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Above all else, guard your heart,

  for it is the wellspring of life…

make level paths for your feet

  and take only ways that are firm.

Proverbs 4:23&26

 

From Get Wisdom!

by Ruth Younts

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.