Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Recently while on a plane headed overseas, the pilot announced that there were some serious storms ahead so he altered our course to fly around them. The flight had been bumpy enough. Thankfully, the pilot chose not to conform to the original flight pattern. He adjusted our path in order to avoid the danger.
The flight pattern of the world takes us directly into danger. The world stands in opposition to the things of God. Living together before marriage is becoming the majority option. Commitment after marriage is becoming practically optional. And same-sex marriage is not just optional but acknowledged and celebrated. The world tells me what I need to buy to make me happy and feel significant. I am told that friends and good times always come when I am partying at the bar or the beach.
That's why Paul tells us to change our course. For the believer, this transformation takes place when we renew our minds by spending meaningful time in Scripture. It is God's Word that instructs and warns of sin and shows us how to avoid the turbulence. It is God's Word that strips away the lies of the world. With renewed minds we can evaluate what God's "good, pleasing and perfect will" is for us. Read God's Word and avoid the sinful storms!
Father, please give me the desire to read Your Word each day. And may I not be simply a reader but also a doer of Your instruction. In Jesus' name. Amen.