Have you ever had a piece of fruit that looked so good, but when you took a bite of it you found it to be bitter, spoiled or rotten?
When you read the paper or hear the television commentators report that 55% of those poled believe it is good to legalize marijuana or that 61 % believe same sex marriages are good and therefore the laws should be changed to coincide with what the majorities report, do you go along with it?
Are our standards determined by what we think is good or looks good or acceptable to us? Are we attempting to determine what is right by what a majority believe? How does this thinking honor what God sets as absolute truth? Are we being “fooled” into accepting what the majority believe or are we striving to keep the truth by knowing God’s Word?
The majority of the people of Israel wanted to have a king just as all the nations around them. The prophet Samuel understood that the leader of Israel was God, who led them out of the land of Egypt and through the wilderness with a cloud by daytime and fire in the night. Samuel tried to convince the people to trust God as their leader—but to no avail.
And the Lord told Samuel, “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their King.” (1 Samuel 8:7) God allows us to have free will even when we sometimes choose to do what is not God’s desire for us—even if “everyone else is doing it”.
Dear God, Help me to use Your Word as my guide rather than allowing my decisions to be made by what I hear on TV or read in a paper or what the majority of people believe. Thank you for the Bible and your truth! Help me to be grounded in your Word and trust Your leading in my life. Amen.