If we’re not careful, we may be like the man who prided himself on being an expert archer. The secret to his success was that after he shot the arrow at the side of a barn, he painted a bull’s-eye around the arrow.
It’s easy to live our lives doing what we want and thinking that out ways and instincts are right on target when in reality our “bull’s-eye” shots at life are not on target at all. Proverbs 14:12 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
Sometime it may feel right to seek revenge, hoard money, chase pleasure, or yell at people who yell at us. But God’s way are different from ours. He has painted a bull’s-eye on forgiving those who have hurt us, on giving generously to those in need, on living to please Him rather than ourselves, and turning the other cheek. We need to pray, “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth” (Psalm 86:11). And then we need to aim to follow His ways in all that we do and say.
But we all need help to aim at the right target. Thankfully, the bull’s-eye is already painted in the brushstroke s of God’s truth as revealed in His Word. When we aim our lives at God’s Word, we’ll discover that His ways are right on target – every time! – Joe Stowell
God’s given us His holy Word
To help and guide our way;
And if we read and follow it,
We will not go astray. – Sper
God’s ways are our targets for living.
- October 9, Vol. 17, Our Daily Bread