You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me up into glory. – Psalms 73:24
I was using Excel. I was so proud of my columns of six-plus digit numbers. They looked impressive (if I do say so myself). The formulas I applied to them worked flawlessly.
They looked perfect. But they were wrong.
To get the right answer you have to start with the right numbers. If your numbers are wrong, your answer will always be wrong, even if your math was stellar and your logic impeccable. Just like life.
If your premise is wrong, your logic may be faultless and your thought process streamlined, but you will always arrive at the wrong conclusion. You have to start with the right premise to consistently make right decisions.
Of course, if your logic is flawed that’s another issue all together. But consider this: Your starting point often dictates to your logic. Your premise will explain what your goal is and the boundaries within which you may pursue that goal.
If your premise is: I am the master of my fate, the creator of my destiny. The goal is to carve out a future for yourself. ‘I’ is the center of this thought. Thus, anything that is good for me is permissible.
But if your premise is: My chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (Westminster Confession). The goal is twofold. Paramountly, glorify God. Secondly, to enjoy His presence. God is the center of this starting point. Thus, what is acceptable to God is the only way I can achieve this end.
In math, 2+2=4 (always). When the answer is not ‘4' one of the ‘2s’ is not a ‘2'. Either the premise is flawed or somewhere logic has been misled. There are no other options: it’s a math problem. In life: Right Premises + Right Logic = Right Decisions (always). Right decisions yield the best outcomes; not perfect, not always what I want, but, when God is in my decision making, right choices produce outcomes to His glory.
What is my premise for life? What is the logic that flows out of it?
Come with me as we grow in fellowship with each other and our Savior to whom belongs the Amazing Escape from sin and death and the Amazing Journey into glorious life.