To detect, notice, observe and spot are all words associated with discern. Yet, when you don’t have your A game, get distracted or are tired, its easy to miss the obvious. If you neglect your mind, you just might fail to recognize the advice and direction your conscience want you to take.
Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? – Proverbs 8:1
King Solomon writes many of his proverbs to sons struggling to make sound decisions. When you are young, discernment hasn’t been fully developed. This sense takes time to acquire, often learned through the school of hard knocks. Therefore, sometimes you need a Eli to come along your side to point you in the right direction.
A third time the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place, 1 Samuel 3:8-9.
In modern days, Jesus left the Holy Spirit as a voice of reason. According to the apostle Paul, as soon as you begin to keep in step with God’s Spirit, you can avoid the urge to indulge the sinful nature, Galatians 5:25. By developing a keen awareness, souls can keep their feet on the straight and narrow. If you reach a moment of indecision or come across an unrecognizable voice, test it with the 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22 principle. May you find your wisdom along the way in this journey called life.
by Jay Mankus