While outside watering my daughter’s plants this morning, I found the ones in the yard were surrounded by little sharp pointed garden rocks. Of course, I was not wearing shoes, so it was “ouch”; where is a smooth place to stand while I give this little one a drink? My good deed for the day came with pain to the body. Hmm. Now I could have chosen to go back in the house and put shoes on, but time crunch made the choice.
The experience sounded vaguely familiar. Where in life do I go off on my own too hurried to consult Holy Spirit, before I do my good deed? Lacking His direction, a supposed good deed can backfire. It took me awhile to realize that my vision is extremely limited compared to my Creator. He alone knows the very best deeds for myself and others.
James 3:13 [Wisdom from Above] Who among you is wise and intelligent?
Let him by his good conduct show his [good] deeds
with the gentleness and humility of true wisdom.
Only God gives true wisdom. I remember trying to do a good deed for a lady by letting her know where the best price for an item was. She was insulted thinking I was judging her as though she couldn’t afford full price. We never know where another person’s thought processes are coming from, so I’ve found it’s best to rely on God’s showing me when and where to ‘do a good deed’.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.
To know God's thoughts we must spend daily time with Him and build a heart to heart relationship; life improves vastly in every aspect when it is established. Knowing and feeling God’s perfect love for us is awesome in itself. Having the confidence to move forward in unknown circumstances, because we trust God and the faithfulness of His Words~super! Being wrapped in His peace when slapped by an unforeseen adversity is a blessing.
My friends, if you do not yet have a deep abiding relationship with God, I encourage you to begin that construction. My book “Cast Up A Highway” can aid you in this endeavor. The bond with our Creator has a reward so tremendous that it would be a tragedy if one refused to build it.