Monday, October 31, 2011

God's Ways Work!

Life is filled with difficult decisions. Sometimes we seem to be surrounded by such a complex set of circumstances that it is hard to get our bearings. We can feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Sadly this is true not only of those who are living life apart from the knowledge of God, but for many professing Christ followers too!
While the Bible doesn't speak to every circumstance (should I order Lasagna or a salad), in it God has revealed His ways. in it God has imparted divine wisdom. As the Psalmist said "your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." In God's Word He has given us direction. His path is good and His ways work!
  • When we have a relational issue or there is family discord, Scripture clearly shows us the way to act.
  • When our finances are tight or we need to make a decision over a big purchase, we find in God's Word clear direction as to how to honor God with our resources by giving generously and how to put our financial house in order.
  • When we feel anxious, depressed or fearful, God's Word equips us with the life line of truth to grab on to, and instructs us about how we can experience genuine and lasting peace.
  • When we are tempted to sin, to give into that same snare over and over again, God's Word shows us a way out and provides us with safeguards that we can establish in our lives.
The list could go on and on, but the fact remains, God's path is good and His ways work!
I don't fully understand how they work, but when we ask, seek and knock in prayer, God has promised to answer. When we give generously the full offering, God has promised to provide for our needs. When we surrender our ways to Him, He moves in great ways. When we keep the sexual relationship within His given bounds of marriage there is great joy, security and blessing not only for our family but for an entire community. Because God's ways are backed up by God's promises and His promises are amazing!
So if God's ways work, why don't we choose to follow them?
May be it is because we don't know His ways (pick up your Bible and dive in! Perhaps start with reading a proverb each day.)
Maybe it is because we think our ways are better (really!!)
Maybe it is because we don't want to give up control.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

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