We called it “The Brownie Experiment” when I set my eight year old loose in the kitchen with measuring cups and spoons and a variety of ingredients laid out before her.
“We’re making brownies,” I said. “Without a recipe.”
This lesson, a parallel of sorts, how we live life thinking we know the components that make it good, successful. We can add too much of a good thing, or perhaps something that doesn’t belong, things that make a batch off.
David charges Solomon: “Observe the requirements of the Lord your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go.” (1 Kings 2:3 NLT)
These scriptures today remind me of how God wants the best for his children. He gives us the choice of how to do things, and the results are ours.
“You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.” Galatians 6:7-8.
I explained to my daughter, we have an idea of the things that make up a good life, but we should hold those things up to God’s Word to see what He says about them.
Lord, I’m thankful that You do not take pleasure in the death of the wicked, but want repentance and life for all. I’m thankful for Your Word in my hands, so that I don’t have to figure out this life on my own, and Your Spirit in my heart.