Our conscience must deal with a similar duality every day. Our self-will is very powerful and we’re given to deferring to our fleshly lusts and pleasures above all else. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
I have a new heart condition which requires an additional, expensive drug to control it. I found out about the condition yesterday in a visit to the doctor’s office. He had been monitoring my heart for a week now and received the bad news from the monitoring service that indeed there was a new issue, and I needed to see him that day to look for ways of controlling it. I did, and came away with an expensive prescription that, on the one hand, promised to control the condition and, on the other, took a bite out of my checkbook. The good news is that by registering online with the drug company I could save considerably and reduce the cost for purchasing the drug. The only problem I saw was taking the time to do the registration. I thought it would be best to push registration and the visit to the pharmacy off until the next day when I would have more time. This was the message my self-will gave me. My wife Holly, however, had a different will. Her will was to register right away, activate the discount purchasing card, and go to the pharmacy immediately. My self-will deferred to economy of time and Holly’s to economy of risk. Both wills were powerful, yet my conscience deferred to economy of risk over economy of time. My conscience refused self-will and compelled me to act according to Holly’s will, a will which had firmly implanted itself in my mind as she’s both my wife and a nurse. Hard to ignore that combination when it comes to matters of health.
As I drove to the pharmacy compelled to put my schedule away for the moment and heed the wisdom of my wife, I was amazed at the power of her will over mine. I’m one of those people who, when they’ve made up their mind, is reluctant to change for any reason. It was at that moment I sensed more the presence of conscience and less Holly’s will. I knew it wasn’t me or Holly driving the old Honda to the pharmacy; it was my conscience.
Here’s a story. The great attorney, orator, and statesman Daniel Webster was such an imposing figure in court that he once stared a witness out of the courtroom. Apparently Webster knew the man was there to deliver false testimony, so he fixed his “dark, beetle-browed” eyes on the man and searched him . According to the story, later in the trial “Webster looked around again to see if [the witness] was ready for the inquisition. The witness felt for his hat and edged toward the door. A third time Webster looked on him, and the witness could sit no longer. He seized his chance and fled from the court and was nowhere to be found.” (Today in the Word, Moody Bible Institute, January 1992, p.31.)
Our conscience must deal with a similar duality every day. Our self-will is very powerful and we’re given to deferring to our fleshly lusts and pleasures above all else. The Apostle Paul lamented this when he opined that the evil he didn’t want to do, he did; and the good he wanted to do, he didn’t. Such is the power and nature of our sinful flesh. But, thanks be to God that he dwells in us by his Holy Spirit. Our conscience may have to put up with self-will, day-in and day-out, but it isn’t the only voice it hears. When we’re tempted to follow self-will God tunes up his Spirit and starts broadcasting: “There is a better way, one that is based on the economy of eternal life as opposed to the economy of living for the day.” Just as I chose to turn around and head for the pharmacy, so you and I always have the ability to repent, turn around, and head for heaven. God is providing the fuel and the guidance to get us there–we’re given the choice to do the driving.
We pray. Thank you Lord for your indwelling Holy Spirit that serves to speak to our conscience on your behalf and ours every day. Help us Lord to firmly take the wheel of our life and turn toward heaven every time you compel our conscience to make a change for good and not evil in our lives. May self-will always have a distant second-place to your will in our hearts. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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