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The Journey - April 19, 2012

The Journey with Ron Moore

Ziklag: Escape to the Enemy | Ecclesiastes 2:1 | Devotional

Ecclesiastes 2:1 I thought in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good." But that also proved to be meaningless.

Self-counsel is a solo exercise where I rationalize my actions, always get my way, and make decisions based on my feelings rather than the truth of God’s Word. Self-counsel results in self-deception.

Solomon’s self-counsel led to a life that he described as “Utterly meaningless!” (Ecclesiastes 1:1). Whatever he wanted to have, he took. Whatever he wanted to experience, he dived in. In his words, “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure” (Ecclesiastes 2:10). And yet he found a self-saturated life to be empty.

We know this in our head, but too often self-counsel leads us to desire a “first-hand experience.” Ignoring Scripture’s warning and the Spirit’s conviction, we dive in head first to test forbidden waters ourselves. Sometimes, by God’s grace, we crawl out and agree that the experience “proved to be meaningless.” But we can never forget that sin always has consequences. It did for Solomon; it will for us.

Lord, give us the strength to stop our self-counsel and resist the temptation to dive into forbidden waters. As Jesus prayed, “deliver us from evil.” In Jesus name. Amen.

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Originally published April 19, 2012.