Monday, January 5, 2015


All scripture quotations are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible unless otherwise noted.
Everybody has one! Job 32:6, 10 and, 17, are the only places in the KJV Bible that the word "opinion" is found. A man by the name of "Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite," thought he could answer Job on God's behalf.  In Job 38:1-2 the Bible says, "Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?" It is apparent to me that God did not think highly of Elihu's opinion. God is not interested in our opinions either. The Apostle Paul asked the question in Romans 11:34, "For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?" And again in 1st Corinthians 2:16 "For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? ..." Not me for sure. 

Opinions are how we guide our lives. If I thought that I was wrong about something I would change my mind, wouldn't you? Our opinions determine our belief system You have probably heard it said that if there are two people in a room, there are two different opinions about the same thing. The Bible however says that we should all think the same thing. The Apostle Paul encouraged us in, 1st Corinthians 1:10  "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment." I don't think that the Bible asks us to do the impossible.

The Bible says in, Proverbs 14:12, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." (See also Proverbs 16:25) Paul asked the question, mentioned above, "For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?"  I think we could all agree on this that none of us have completely known His mind or thought we could give Him counsel. The Bible says in Isaiah 55:7-9 "Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." God will have mercy and abundantly pardon? Yes! Because His ways are higher than ours are and so are his thoughts.

So my friend don't allow your opinion of others or of yourself keep you from the Lord Jesus' so great salvation. If you have never done so, do as Peter told his hearers on the Day of Pentecost, "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (See Acts 2:38-39) God's opinion is the only one that will count in the end and as He told Israel in Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

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