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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide”
The world says, “Let your conscience be your guide.” But for believers we have something greater; we have as our guide the sure word of God.
But that doesn’t mean God hasn’t given us a conscience to help us along the way.
God has given to humanity a conscience, that is, self-awareness that judges whether we are doing what’s in accordance with moral standards. The only problem with just letting our conscience be our guide is that humanity’s moral sense is marred by sin, so it doesn’t properly work because it’s swayed by the world.
Therefore, God has given His word to let us know what’s right and wrong, and how we should feel and act when something we’re doing doesn’t seem right.
This is what David understood. Two times Saul was within striking distance, but notice what it says the first time when David was tempted to get rid of his enemy.
“Afterward, David was conscience-stricken for having cut off a corner of his robe.” (1 Samuel 24:5)
David knew what he did was wrong, and his conscience wouldn’t let him continue until he made the wrong right.
David knew that touching the one God had ordained and anointed to be the king was wrong, and He knew that if God set Saul up, God was to be the one to take him down.
In fact, the second time it happened, David reference God in his decision-making.
“The Lord forbid that I should stretch out my hand against the Lord’s anointed.” (1 Samuel 26:11)
To help our conscience be a reliable guide, we need to keep our conscience captive to God’s word. The Apostle Paul tells us to take captive every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).
We also need to constantly cleanse our consciences through confession and repentance.
Finally, we are to draw near to God with a sincere heart, having our conscience cleansed through the pure water of God’s word (Hebrews 10:22).
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