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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “Don’t Try to Walk before You Can Crawl” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/17/08)

TITLE: Getting Ahead of God
By Randy Foncree
01/17/08


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Many times in my early years of being a Christian, I tried to get ahead of God. I had a real zeal for God, but not always according to knowledge. I was so excited in my new found faith that I wanted to tell everyone about it. And then God equipped me with spiritual gifts, and I was like a kid in a candy store. God spoke something to my heart one day that I have never forgotten. He said to me, “Possessing unbridled zeal can be as dangerous as racing a horse that had never been broken.”

I didn’t totally understand at the time what the Lord had meant by this, but as I grew in my Christian walk, and began to reflect on past choices, I realized that my impetuousness and jumping ahead of God caused more heartache and failure than I wish to admit. There are several times that I started things that God hadn’t really given me clear direction on. The failure came in the way of things like lack of support, or unnecessary criticism for that which I’d attempted to undertake. It’s not that God didn’t want me to do that thing, it’s just I needed to wait on His timing. Come to eventually find out, if I’d waited until I was “proved” in that area I was zealous about, that God’s stamp of approval and favor would have been on it. The thing that should have told me I wasn’t ready is the lack of peace about it, and the struggle of getting it off the ground.

God wants all of His people to succeed in whatever it is that He has called us to do. But if we wait on Him instead of jumping ahead on our own and wanting God to bless it, We’d find the grace (divinely enabled) to be right “smack dab” in the center of God’s perfect and divine will.


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LauraLee Shaw01/24/08
Amen. I don't want to get ahead of God. Thank you for sharing.
Jan Ackerson 01/24/08
Nice devotional.. You had more words; I'd have liked to have more personal examples of how this has played out in your life.
Beckie Stewart01/24/08
I enjoyed this exhortation, but would have enjoyed it more if it "showed" more instead of telling.
c clemons01/27/08
Good, the sentence, "Come to eventually,..." that was hard to read. Reword that one and you have a nice entry.
Lynn Jacky01/28/08
Wow! we all need a dose of this. Thank you for sharing this wonderful truth.