Updated: Jan 18
C.S. Lewis once said, "You never know a line is crooked unless you have a straight line to put next to it." It is so true. A plumb line is a tool that masons use to ensure that the wall they are building remains level and straight.
I took a trip to Mexico a few years ago and found out the hard way that they apparently do not have a 'code of standard' for each step to be the same height as the next step. I can't tell you how many times I tripped up and down the steps! It was almost a daily occurrence! I was so used to step standards in America that I "assumed" that each step I took would be safe. Because this was not the case in Mexico I had to give focused attention whenever I took the stairs. I had to be intentional so that I would not fall.
It is the same in life. Our principles are the standards that we live by, the straight lines that we can use to make decisions. They guide us as we set priorities, relate with people, do our work, and make commitments.
Sometimes we can be so comfortable that we forget to check-in with the Architect of our life ~GOD~ to make sure that we have not veered off track. We have to continually seek God's wisdom through prayer and reading His word to ensure that we are aligning our life each and every day to His standard. We cannot rely on what "feels good" because that is not a safe plum line and can lead us off the right path. We have to rely on the predetermined standards outlined in God's Word and intentionally chart each step of the way.
Think about a tree and its root system. The root system is what nourishes the tree to be healthy and fruitful. The same illustration is true of our life, the "root system" is made up of our beliefs and shapes the principles we live by. When we live from biblical truth it will produce good fruit that is evident in our choices and actions. If we see bad fruit in our life we can go back to determine what is at the root of this belief that is giving this result and repent or change directions to get a better result. (see my blog on Internalize your VALUES for more insight on this topic)
Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."
Acknowledge Him ---what does that actually mean?
The Hebrew word ACKNOWLEDGE comes from the Hebrew word Yada'. It means to know, to learn, to perceive, to perceive and see, find out and discern, to discriminate, distinguish, to know by experience, to recognize, admit, acknowledge, confess, to consider. To know, be acquainted with, to know how, be skillful in, to have knowledge, to be wise. To have understanding.
Hebrew words have deeper meaning in this text and can give us greater insight into this verse. This acknowledgement is based on relationship, knowing, learning and acquiring wisdom. I love that about God. He not only desires to have a relationship with us, but is also available and willing to help us live a life that is pleasing to Him. He has given us the Holy Spirit to help us to do it! He has a plan and purpose for each and every one of us to fulfill and it is our pleasure to seek Him to find this perfect will for our lives.
Philippians 2:13 "For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure."
Principled living is learning what God's standard is
and then living that out in every area of our life.
How do you ensure that you are living a Principled Life aligned with God's will?