Looking back, what we know now

I don’t know if many of you play Fantasy Football. I’m in a family league and another with a group of friends and we play for fun. As I was listening to a NFL game I had a thought about a player who had just scored a touchdown. I wondered to myself, “why didn’t I draft him?!?” Immediately I was struck with the fact that I didn’t know then, what I know now. I realize Fantasy Football is relatively insignificant but it caused me to think.

We make lots plans base on information, feelings, and counsel. Then, miles or months pass and we look back and wish we had made different arrangements. Many scriptures about wisdom and God’s will and faith come to mind. Proverbs 16:1 and 9 remind us that God is at work in the bigger picture. James 1 tells us to ask for wisdom. God’s will is obvious sometimes, 1 Thess. 5:16-22, but other times it requires faith. Be careful of taking a selfish or easy option.

Instead of looking back in the present we must look forward with hope in faith. If we’ve messed up we must repent and change direction.

The decision process needs to include prayer, scripture knowledge, counsel, courage, and faith. This may seem like a very involved process and it is at the beginning. But, the longer you are obedient and pursue righteousness the more likely you are to make better decisions. Better decisions can lead to better relationships, better future choices, and better life. Don’t keep looking back and wishing, determine today to pray, study, seek wisdom, and pursue Jesus.

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