Conscience Awareness (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 312)
Isaiah 30:21 (NLT)
Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.
God doesn’t always give us what we want as soon as we want it. He does, however, give us what we need when we need it most, whether we think we need it or not. All of us have a conscience and on that conscience is written the laws of God and the difference between what is good and what is bad. God gives us a conscience so that we can get a feel for when we are doing good and when we are going in the opposite direction.
Sometimes, our conscience speaks to us. In fact, our conscience is speaking to us at all times. It warns us when we are getting ready to make a bad decision. It also causes us to feel guilt and shame when we’ve done something we know is unjust, wrong, and hurtful to someone else. Even if no one else knows about it, we still have that constant companion who knows and who is willing and ready to push us back into reality.
Really, for the believer, that voice that talks to us on a daily basis is God. He isn’t just a being who sits in heaven with no connection to his creation. He also isn’t someone who is waiting to bring down hell, fire, and brimstone on us every time we fail, sin, or make a mistake. He is a sovereign and just God who is perfect in love and infinite in wisdom and uncompromisingly eternal. He applauds us while we’re doing his will and doing good in the world, but he also challenges us and even chastises when we give in to our evil vices.
God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He didn’t expect David to be perfect. But he does want us to be humble so that he can mold us into the person he wants us to be. You see, David had a lot of faults, made a litany of mistakes, and was nowhere near being a saint, but God got David to the place in his life where God knew he had his heart. He knew that David was for him, believed him, and trusted him. Sure, God sent a challenge to David in the form of Nathan and God chastised David by having his son to die. But through all these events, David came to a place of humility, brokenness, and acceptance of God’s plan.
Listening to our conscience tells us a lot about ourselves and so does listening to God. When we hear the roaring voice of conscience challenging us, chastising us, or encouraging us, you can be sure that it is the voice of God. A clear conscience allows us to maintain a close relationship with God and be inseparable from the faith that we possess. If we allow sin and guilt to weigh down our conscience, we open up a cavern of possibilities that we can never recover from. Our conscience should not be disregarded because it is the way that we can know God’s will, God’s word, and God’s way.
“Preserve your conscience always soft and sensitive. If but one sin forces its way into that tender part of the soul and dwell there, the road is paved for a thousand iniquities.”
— Isaac Watts