The song of the red-winged blackbird stirs warm feelings within me. While my childhood experience includes poverty, I recall hearing that bird call when fishing, or hiking near the river. And I like it.

Red-Winged Blackbird (Male), Colony Farm Regio...

Red-Winged Blackbird (Male), Colony Farm Regional Park, Port Coquitlam, British Columbia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now this bird doesn’t rank high on glorious and colourful beauty. The song doesn’t have the musical quality of those that inspire songs and poems. Yet it stirs pleasure deep within me. When God sent Samuel to anoint a new King of Israel, Samuel seemed impressed at the handsome sons of Jesse. When none of them fit God’s standard, Samuel required an explanation. “God does not see as humans see. Humans look at outward appearances, but the Lord looks into the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7b God’s Word).How easily people deceive humans. Smooth as caramel, Judases walk among the people and betray them to the Father of lies. Lazy Christians don’t discern truth. They follow what they like.

And not only their eyes. People listen to what they want to hear, what makes them feel warm and fuzzy, even when it defies the word of God.

The truth and law of God often may rate low in the likeable scale. They hold truth anyway, whether you like it or not.

Do you follow what suits your fancy, or do you fancy what suits the Creator of the universe?