Let God lead you, rather than for you to lead yourself.
Many men and women prefer to take on the job of directing their lives without God's help. "No, Lord, I can handle this, but when I need some BIG help, I'll call upon you." Does that sound like you? It was ME for about 64 of my 66 years on the planet.
I am a Christian. I was a deacon...a Sunday School teacher of 12 year olds and then an adult teacher. I worked hard, and I amassed over $4 Million dollars in assets during the 1986 season of my life. I was on a roll, humanly speaking.
Sure, I owned the big mansion and three Mercedes-Benz during those years, but I learned that "stuff" is not what matters to God.
When I thought I might need help...you know...with an illness in the family, or when things went badly, I would pray and seek God's help. Can you imagine if your wife needed you only when things went terribly wrong, but she ignored you for the rest of the time! How would you feel? Imagine the reverse...your husband comes to you when he needs something from you, and not until. How long would your relationship last?
My relationship didn't last. My money faded.
Money fades anyway - ask anyone who has stock in the stock market! Trials would come and go, and I'd go to God to ask for His help...whenever things happened that were beyond my control.
I should have learned earlier in life that God simply wants a close relationship with us...His creation.
Why would He hear from us now and then, when things get bad and why would He answer us? If He answers us, we might not come back to visit with Him in prayer or in Bible reading for months...maybe even years!
When I went through "God's Boot Camp" in December of 2007, God pointed out that I'm really not my own man...He bought me with a price...a very high price, and that was the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. "You are not your own; You were bought at a price" - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Jeremiah, the "weeping prophet", recognized early on that a man's life really isn't his own, and we should let God direct our paths...our steps. - He said, "I know, O LORD, that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps". Jeremiah 10:23
God told the wisest man who ever lived, or who will ever live (Solomon), that we should never lean on our own understanding of things, but in all our ways...every single one of them, we ought to acknowledge God...bring every detail of our lives to the Creator, and He shall (willingly) direct our paths or steps throughout our life. - Proverbs 3:5-6 -"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."
Since my "Boot Camp Graduation" about six months ago, I learned that, when I go to God early in the morning...before I walk out the door of my house, and ask Him to lead, guide and direct my paths for the day...He actually does it. He speaks to us and tells us, "Turn left or turn right, or go straight ahead". -"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it." Isaiah 30:21
Even John, the beloved apostle of Jesus, knew enough to realize that Jesus left His Holy Spirit with us to lead and guide us in all truth, and to make the right decisions...when we ask Him to. - John 16:13 - "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth."
After my Boot Camp graduation ceremony, God restored much of what He took from me...and He took things and people to gain my undivided attention. When RESTORATION came, that's when I knew I had graduated from the trial and the testing phase.
God could finally mold me and shape me, but it takes a lot of heat and fire to refine gold. -"But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I will come forth as gold." - Job 23:10
If we would only learn....early in life, that when we decide to seek God out all day long...starting in the morning with our prayer connection with Him, and we talk with Him all throughout the day, He becomes our friend....our best friend...our most valuable and reliable friend, and He begins to lead, direct and guide us through every conceivable pitfall that the devil will place in front of us to trip us up.
I cannot see around corners. I cannot see beyond the next hill, but God can. So, I guess you could say that I have learned to trust God 100% of the time for my next breath....my next dollar...my next meal....for everything, and it has worked out so well, that I can honestly tell you that I would not trade my Boot Camp experience for all the gold on the planet.
There is not enough fame or fortune out there that I would trade for what God has taught me. He is the professor of all professors....the greatest of all teachers.- Psalm 48:14 -"For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even to the end."
Even beyond the end. Do you realize that if I died tonight, I win! Most others, I dare say, lose sleep at night over the thought of dying. Praise the Lord for who He is, and how He wants so much...to be a part of our lives. Will you let Him be the professor, the instructor...the guide of your life?
John Tyler, Author
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