a good day to let your conscience be your guide.
“With Christ as my witness, I speak with utter truthfulness. My conscience and the Holy Spirit confirm it.” Romans 9:1 NLT
Our conscience is a wonderful gift from God. At least, it is for most of us. Our conscience is that “inner voice” that tells us we have done the right thing. Conversely, it also tells us we have done the wrong thing, and it usually does so in a loud enough “voice” that no matter how much we try to convince ourselves otherwise, we are able to “hear” it.
Every year, thousands of people travel to the Florida Keys to go fishing. Whether it is for off-shore fishing, to go after the Marlins and other “big” fish, or in-shore, around the many small islands, people head out on the water to try their hand at some of the best sport fishing the world has to offer. The Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico are vast bodies of water, and even the largest fish is tiny in comparison. Not knowing the best places to go can make it difficult to have a fruitful day of fishing. That is why many visitors to the Keys hire experienced guides. It follows that the more seasoned one of these individuals is, the better the chances that they will know exactly where to go. Of course, we must then follow our guide’s instructions.
Our conscience will guide us in much the same way, and we must listen to it when it speaks to us. With our minds on God, He will help our conscience to always attempt to block us from doing the wrong thing. God has provided us with a guide for our lives.
The problem is that far too many of us ignore what our conscience is telling us. We may do it once or twice, but it is important to remember that each time we fail to listen when our conscience tells us we are doing wrong, it becomes easier to do so. If we ignore our conscience too often, we run the risk of damaging our relationship with the Lord. We put our faith in jeopardy.
When Paul wrote to Timothy, he was very emphatic regarding the relationship between our faith and our conscience. “Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.” (1 Timothy 1:19 NLT).
None of us wants to go through that, so it is best to plan our journey with the safety of a guide. Of course, having a guide is one thing- we must also listen and do what our guide tells us. Learn to listen to your conscience and then do what it tells you to do.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson