The green vine eloquently twisted and intertwined with the branches of the young sapling. As this vine continued to grow, it began choking the life of the tree it was encroaching upon. The long vines had wrapped themselves around the width of the tree branches and began cutting into it. In other places the vine had completely tangled itself within the tree. What appeared as a representation of beauty and new life was actually choking the life out of the young tree. The vine would soon need to be cut-off; otherwise, the tree’s growth would be stunted and damaged. The symbolism of the vine is likened to things in the world that appear to be good for us, but are actually detrimental.
There are many beautiful things in this world that we intertwine our lives with. People, objects, activities, and habits can seem like good and healthy choices or lifestyles; but, are they? What is good for one person may or may not be good for another. Just because a friend, leader, relative, or co-worker chooses to do, or not do something, does not mean it is the right way to live. How easy it is to embrace another’s opinion when trying to make a life choice. People gladly offer their opinions.
Who knows your every thought, need, and desire? The only One who truly knows you inside and out is your Heavenly Father, your Maker. He made you. He wired you to think and operate for His purposes. “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14
The noise of this world is loud. If we are not discerning, we will live with a continual barrage of opinion being thrown at us. All around us can be found attitudes, beliefs, and judgments, whether it be through media, an interpersonal relationship, or elsewhere. No matter what is said directly or indirectly to us in this world, it must be brought back to God’s word, the Bible. The Bible is the instruction manual for how to live life. If anyone ever says to you, “this is what I think you should do,” do not do it without first taking it to the Lord in prayer. There can be wisdom in good counsel, but remember, the best Counselor is Christ Jesus our Savior. He is the One who knows what you should do. God, the Creator of the universe is the only One who truly knows what is best for you. And, don’t we all want the very best God has for us? You betcha!
Is there a beautiful alluring something in your life that on its own, is a good thing, but for you, is not? Are you doing some thing because it is working for someone else? Are you listening to the advice of another without bringing it to prayer? Whatever the case, I would encourage you to re-evaluate why you are choosing to live the way you are. We should be conscious of why we choose to do the things we do. After all, we are the ones who must live with the consequences of our life choices.
The world is full of the lushness of life that appeals to our flesh and minds, choking us when it’s vines wrap around our neck and bind us. We must be proactive in our faith and on our knees before the Lord to be wise and discerning. I urge you to seek God first in all that you do. First and foremost, we are to obey the Lord our God. Obedience is what truly matters in this life. Do not allow the world to deceive you with its cunning behavior and be cautious not to fall prey to listening to the advice of others without first consulting with Almighty God. “But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33
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