Friday, April 7, 2017

Devotion 4.8.17

Guidance - Psalm 67

Michael Lewis of "Moneyball," "The Blind Side," and other successful books has written a new one titled "The Undecided Project."  It follows to psychology professors rise in the new nation of Israel and the work they developed on how the mind works in decisions.  Through years of work, we learn that our decision-making process is fallible, regardless of just how trained the mind may be.  In fact, the higher the degree of training, say in medicine, sometimes the more vulnerable.

We are creatures comfort in our ability to decide.  We use data to support the direction we take if we are of a sophisticated lot.  We use guidance from others.  Lewis even notes at the beginning of the book that "Moneyball" covered the notion of "metrics" used in baseball to support small market teams choice of over-looked players or players that scouts wouldn't give a second look toward.  When used, teams that can't compete with money-market teams suddenly find themselves in competition.  Yet Lewis notes that the metrics groups are finding their confidence shaken, and two men who read "Moneyball" wrote an article praising the book yet criticizing its findings.  Their criticism brought Lewis to the two professors who years before found the fallibility in decision making among humans from militaries, to pilots in commercial airlines, to doctors and others.

Not noted in the studies is the simple notion that we, as believers, have before us.  "Sin" enters our lives and disturbs everything about us, including our thinking and our decisions. So, like David, we turn to God as we seek guidance.  "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on the earth, your saving power among all nations.... Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon the earth."

We turn to God for guidance, guidance from our own fallible actions led by our fallible thoughts.  We ask God for guidance that "his way may be known on the earth."  His way, His Son Jesus Christ, will give us freedom from sin, Satan and death.  We turn to Christ for that guidance and the freedom we enjoy through belief in Him.

Hope Men's Ministry

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