Saturday, August 18, 2007

Turning Point Devotional
Dr. David Jeremiah

Speedometer: Living Within the Limits

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.1 Corinthians 10:23

Recommended ReadingExodus 20:1-17

About three-fourths of the German autobahn road system has no blanket speed limit; and in those areas, the average speed is about 93 mph. While most European car manufacturers operate under a "gentleman's agreement" to limit the top speeds of their cars to 155 mph, autobahn speeds of up to 186 mph are not unheard of.
Even if you could legally drive that fast, would you really want to? Just because things are possible doesn't always mean they are advisable. There are plenty of lifestyle choices we are free to make that are permissible, but not healthy or safe. The apostle Paul made that point when writing about spiritual freedom—and when it's best to practice self-restraint for our own good and the good of others. God places strict limits on some areas of life (see the Ten Commandments) and "wisdom" limits on other areas. The mature Christian is the one who chooses those things that are permissible and wise at the same time.
The next time you have a decision to make, ask yourself who all will be impacted, and how. Let wisdom and restraint be your guides.
Nature gives man corn, but he must grind it; God gives man a will, but he must make the right choices. Fulton J. Sheen


Heather said...

Hey girl! Just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of you this weekend. Especially on Monday!

Tam said...

That is one of my favorite verses there! It's a great evaluator when you might be tempted by things in this life. I quote it to my kiddos alot! Especially during the school year.

Thanks for sharing it!

have a great weekend!

Faith said...

Wise words! Excellent food for thought. Thank you!