Did you ever watch "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?"? The contestants answered questions, each one getting progressively harder and taking them closer to a million dollars. If they were unsure of an answer, one option they had was to call a friend. This would be a person, who, obviously had lots of knowledge and could be their "lifeline," helping them reach their hoped-for goal of becoming a millionaire!
It would be quite an honor to be asked to be your friend's life-line! That would mean the contestant had full confidence in your ability to give them the correct answer at a very crucial moment!
I recently heard a preacher say that at a time in his life when he had to make a decision about whether or not to accept an important position, he spent many hours in prayer. He weighed the pros and cons. He talked with friends and associates and asked their advice. One night after spending time with godly friends, trying to come to a conclusion about the right decision, he came home and found his wife had already gone to bed. When he laid down beside her, she rolled over and held up two fingers, signifying that she rated the decision he was going to make only a two.
"That was all I needed to hear. My wife walks so closely to the Lord, I knew that if this only ranked a two, then the Lord would have me not accept that position."
Talk about being a life-line! This godly wife was so trusted by her husband in her walk with God, that it altered the course of his life! His story made me stop and ask myself a couple of questions:
- Could my husband trust my response to a decision that fully?
- Do I walk so closely to the Lord every day that at any given moment I could be asked a question by my husband, my daughter or a friend, and I would give the right answer because it would be God's answer?
This dear pastor's wife I mentioned had walked with God. She'd been faithful to read and study God's Word. She'd spent time in prayer. She was sensitive to His directives in her own life - that's how she could rightly guide those around her!
It really doesn't matter than no one has asked me to be their lifeline on a game show. I'm not that smart! However, I want to be able to know the Lord's heart so well that I could be a lifeline to my husband, or to others that the Lord brings across my path today.
How about you? Have you spent sufficient time in God's Word this morning that even through what you read today you could give biblical counsel?
Know God so that you can lead others to Him, too!
Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
who walk in the law of the Lord.
Blessed are they that keep his testimonies,
and that seek him with the whole heart.
They also do no iniquity:
they walk in his ways.
Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
Then shall I not be ashamed,
when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
I will praise thee with uprightness of heart,
when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.