Redemption Racing Newsletter Ulverton
The second last round of the series was in Ulverton, Quebec. This track is liked by the riders for its elevation and all-round fun track to ride.
At riders meeting devotion I asked the question: In the life choices we make, is it enough to pursue what’s good?
You might wonder why this question even needs to be asked. The answer seems obvious. What’s generally accepted as good must be in line with God’s will, right? Generosity, humility, justice—those are good. Selfishness, arrogance, cruelty—they’re evil. The distinction seems pretty straightforward, and whatever is good must be on the side of God.
But is that all there is to it? Maybe not. If good is so obvious, then why in the bible does Hebrews 5:14 say we must have our senses trained to “discern [or recognize] both good and evil”? (NKJV) This bible verse makes it sound like there’s a difference between what appears to be good and what God calls good.
In 1 Kings 3:9, the bible talks about King Solomon, a man who was renowned for his wisdom. At the dawn of his reign, he prayed to have an understanding heart so he could distinguish good from evil. Again, it seems that what we would call obvious wasn’t so apparent from Solomon’s perspective. The question becomes; are we missing something important because of our assumptions about right and wrong?
If we need discernment to tell the difference between good and evil, that means they aren’t always evident on the surface level. In fact, there may be things that seem good that aren’t. Proverbs 14:12 summarizes the situation for us: what appears to be good may be the way of death.
According to Scripture, there is a way that seems right. It might seem good, wise, beneficial, strategic, acceptable, profitable, and so forth. Yet the warning in Proverbs is clear. What seems good may actually be detrimental, harmful, and nonproductive. This is heavy stuff to consider!
So how is it that we are able to discern which good is actually God’s good for us?
Joshua 1:8- “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
2 Timothy 3:16 NLT- “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
As those verses tell us, it is in Scripture we find the revelation that leads to what God calls success. Scripture teaches us what is true and shows us what is right so we don’t fall for a counterfeit form of good.
God has revealed His character and His will through the bible. And it’s accessible to anyone willing to seek the truth. This is not about sharing any man’s wisdom. It’s about connecting you to God and the truth in His Word.
Let’s do a little self-evaluation before we end. So the Bible is a part of your life, but ask yourself is it the authority in your decision-making process? Do you turn to it when you face a dilemma? Or could you be missing out on what God has for you because you’ve relied on your own evaluation in these areas?
Cade Clason (#761):
Got off to a poor start in 14th on the first lap but moved up into 7th by lap 6. The lead group had pulled away too far to catch. In the second moto he finished 6th. 7-6 moto finishes, for 7th overall. Cade is currently sitting in 7th overall in the entire series standings, only 11 points away from 6th position!
Nathan Bles (#10):
Was riding in 6th for the beginning of the moto but struggled with his arm strength with the big down hill braking bumps. He was riding out the last part of the moto in12th, then with 3 laps to go a rider crossed in front on a down hill jump taking out Nathan’s front wheel causing a very violent crash. His arm was very sore and weak so the decision was made for him to sit out moto 2. He will be back to race the final round in Walton.
Eric Jeffery (#69):
Had a 22nd place start and moved up to 18th by the end. In the second moto he finished 16th. 18-16, for 18th overall.
Alex Jeffery (#111):
Put in a good effort and finished 26-21 for 26th overall.
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