Discernment

Psalm 84:10- Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere ; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked.

Would you rather have an omelette for breakfast or bread and jam? That would be a brain-wrecking question for the adult mind. But there is something about the word rather. We usually end up using that word when we face two conflicting situations where we would rather be doing that than this.

The psalmist is pretty clear of his choice. He would rather take up the lowest position in the House of the Lord than take the riches from the house of the wicked. How did the Psalmist know which was the House of the Lord and wicked? With today’s scenario I’m getting the image of an MCQ quiz we got back in school where you either wouldn’t find any difference in the options given or, you would find them to be as different as day and night, summer and winter that it would confuse the world out of you.

What do you do in situations like that? Well as someone wise recently told me, we need the spirit of discernment. What is discernment? It is the ability to distinguish the right from the wrong; the good from the bad according to the standards of our living God and not by that of the world.

We are mere humans who barely know which fruit in the fruit shop is bad and which is good so how do we know which is right and wrong? Well we need to go to God in prayer. There was their prayer I recently came across that I would like to take inspiration from. This prayer was written by Jacob Boehme, a German shoemaker who lived more than four hundred years ago, from a devotion “Quiet moments with God”.

Rule over me this day, O God, leading me on the path of righteousness. Put Your Word in my mind and Your truth in my heart, that this day I neither think nor feel anything except what is good and honest. Protect me from all lies and falsehood,helping me to discern deception wherever I meet it. Let my eyes always look straight ahead on the road You wish me to tread, that I might not be tempted by any distraction. And make my eyes pure, that no false desires may be awakened within me.

Let us make our “rather” or “rather not” decisions wisely this day.

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