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  • Eric Kampmann

The Right Rule

Hear my words, you wise men; listen to me, you men of learning.

For the ear tests words as the tongue tastes food.

Let us discern for ourselves what is right;

let us learn together what is good.

—Job 34:2–4

If Christians were asked only to memorize and follow a set of rules, then their faith could be properly categorized as legalistic and sternly moralistic. Many Christians do define Christian living as a moral “to do” checklist, but the Bible tells us that wisdom grows from a “discerning heart” that will guide us “to distinguish between right and wrong” (1 Kings 3:9).

To walk the path of discernment requires attention to each step, understanding to the ways of the world, knowledge of the implements needed for the journey, and a steadfast heart to carry the sojourner over the difficult hills and through the dark valleys.

—Eric Kampmann, Signposts

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