The card game, Uno, is full of surprises. Normally, being able to “follow suit” quickly wins the game. It is almost a mindless exercise to just follow the color played ahead of you. But the smart player will look for other options if he is holding those special cards. Instead of just following suit, those cards allow for some strategy. The game suddenly becomes more interesting, and NOT following suit can pay off!
Following suit in life is a mindless exercise as well. Today’s verse tells us that there is another option; following God’s precepts. Rather than follow what everyone around us is doing, the believer has some special cards in his hand. They are God’s ways and precepts. When one follows His Word, He develops wisdom and good understanding of life and how it should be played. Fear, awe, respect and obedience to God are those special cards. The believer is under no obligation to follow what is played around him.
My problem is that following suit is just so much easier to do. I am holding those special cards but opt not to use them. The desire to fit in with the prevailing fad or thought is very strong. To follow what everyone else is doing requires no thought, less risk and certainly no censure from others. But conforming to the world’s system of thinking can be resisted when my thoughts are transformed through God’s Word (Rom. 12:1-2). I do not want to live mindlessly but with purpose, screening out the bad and holding on to the good (Rom. 12: 9). His Word and following His way makes me wise.
Lord, keep me from following suit today.