In the message “A Living Sanctuary” we considered our call to ALWAYS praise and worship, and that this can only occur as we trust God with all our heart and release control into His hands. We seem to often come back to this theme. Perhaps this is because releasing control is one of our major struggles.
The world definitely trains us to take control. There even seems to be special rewards for those who can say, “I did it my way!” But the truth is, my way will always fall short of God’s desire. Our biggest struggle is often finding the balance which keeps us on His path and traveling at His pace. Lack of faith causes us to lag behind, and our pride and desire to control cause us to try and push ahead. Whether we lag behind or push ahead, the result of either is a drift from God’s path.
2 Samuel 22:31
“As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.”
These words are part of a song of praise King David sang to God. Several times in his life David ventured out to do things his own way. Yet time after time he found that walking down God’s path was not only the best way, it was the perfect way. We obviously must learn this same lesson. We are given many options – many roads to travel as we seek a better way – but His narrow road is the only way to true life…the only road to peace and true contentment.
Living by God’s way requires constant renewal of faith and trust. It first requires faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of sin, and then complete trust as we continue down His path. While God’s way is definitely perfect, it’s not always easy to understand. His way will often conflict with what we just “know” is best. “The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know” (1 Corinthians 8:2). These times of apparent conflict are times to humbly increase our faith and better learn how to trust.
The world’s way will continually do battle against this trust. Jesus said, “do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear” (Matthew 6:25). The world’s way says we will soon be hungry and naked, but God’s way says that as we trust Him with all our heart, we will soon find rest and peace; “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). God’s way is to follow Him, walking side by side, no matter how great the burden.
God has given each of us unique and wonderful gifts. But our gifts must be used along His path, and for His glory, or they become nothing but “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). Let’s stop seeking our way, with our goals and our desires. Instead, let’s daily release to the guidance of the Holy Spirit and boldly follow where He leads. Let’s trust and walk each and every step according to His perfect way.
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
**** Reading Plan ****
Jan 22 Genesis 44:1-45:28; Matthew 14:14-36; Psalm 18:35-50; Proverbs 4:11-13