Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, September 9th, 2011
Reasoning With Men
Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.
Luke 9:46 (KJV)
Reasoning with God is smart. Reasoning with man is not. 'The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless' (1 Corinthians 3:20).

How many times have we tried to figure out the whys, wherefores, or what ifs, only to end up more confused? Some people call it speculation. Others call it consultation. God calls it useless.

Reasoning among men can also be harmful. 'The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, 'Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?' ' (Luke 5:21-22). Or, 'When the vine growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, 'This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours' ' (Luke 20:14).

Somehow, when we reason among ourselves, Satan sneaks into the middle of the pack. We can get puffed up (as Jesus' disciples did in today's key scripture), stirred up, or provoked into making a bad decision. Our reasoning can even take a dangerous turn, spinning into a 'mob mentality.'

If we have a question, let's go straight to the top. God knows every answer. He waits patiently for us to ask Him. Instead of relying on our own knowledge or running to people for speculative answers, let's be smart.

Let's ask our Father.

P.S. Reasoning with men should not be confused with seeking wise counsel, since godly men speak from the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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