Don’t you just love to be right sometimes, delighting in your little moment of glory? Last night our Thursday bible class was hosted by friends who live in a secluded place and it has been several months since we were there. If you don’t know exactly where to turn you can easily get lost. Karla and Karen rode along with us and when it was time to turn, I recognized the spot and told Larry “this is it”. He gave a small glance and said “no, I think it’s up over the hill” and drove on. Insert evil laugh here… I was right! We had to turn around. The three of us girls were teasing Larry and laughing and practically high-fiving each other. Larry is a good sport and took our teasing in stride.
I have heard jokes my whole life about men being unwilling to stop and ask for directions, remember this one…
Q. Do you know why Moses wandered in the wilderness for forty years?
A. Because he wouldn’t stop and ask for directions.
This little incident made me think about seeking direction from God in all areas of my life. Too often I am guilty of making plans and not asking for his guidance or direction and things can get messy when I try to do it myself. Why, oh why do we like so much to be in control? I think I know the answer, we have big egos.
Faith and prayer should go hand in hand. When I talk to God and ask for his direction, I usually already have a blueprint of how I would like the answer to be. I am working on this friends! My most exciting times are when I share what is on my heart with God and then leave myself open for his will, not my own.
I need direction, guidance and help from God in all of my plans, and most of all I need to learn to empty me of me and be filled with him.
Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. Ps 37:5
The following is from Oswald Chambers writings which I enjoy immensely.
Don’t plan without God. God seems to have a delightful way of upsetting the plans we have made, when we have not taken Him into account. We get ourselves into circumstances that were not chosen by God, and suddenly we realize that we have been making our plans without Him— that we have not even considered Him to be a vital, living factor in the planning of our lives. And yet the only thing that will keep us from even the possibility of worrying is to bring God in as the greatest factor in all of our planning.
In spiritual issues it is customary for us to put God first, but we tend to think that it is inappropriate and unnecessary to put Him first in the practical, everyday issues of our lives. If we have the idea that we have to put on our “spiritual face” before we can come near to God, then we will never come near to Him. We must come as we are.
Don’t plan with a concern for evil in mind. Does God really mean for us to plan without taking the evil around us into account? “Love . . . thinks no evil” (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). Love is not ignorant of the existence of evil, but it does not take it into account as a factor in planning. When we were apart from God, we did take evil into account, doing all of our planning with it in mind, and we tried to reason out all of our work from its standpoint.
Don’t plan with a rainy day in mind. You cannot hoard things for a rainy day if you are truly trusting Christ. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled . . .” (John 14:1). God will not keep your heart from being troubled. It is a command— “Let not. . . .” To do it, continually pick yourself up, even if you fall a hundred and one times a day, until you get into the habit of putting God first and planning with Him in mind.
Hope you all have a great weekend!
You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Ps 16:11