Me: Prodigal, Why are you so close to the television?
Prodigal: I want to see this movie and I am very excited about it. I don’t want to miss anything.
Me: Well to get a complete view of the movie, you need to step back some. So you can see everything.
Prodigal: Thanks, I will move farther away, but before I watch the movie, do you want to share your story?
Me: Sure it is talking about our view of things.
Discerning the Right Decision by Gaspar Anastasi talks about Gods ways.
God’s ways are so different from ours that it is impossible for us to always know the right solution with our limited understanding. The only way is to let God lift us up into the high places so that we can see what He sees and understand what He understands. When God lifts you up, you are able to see the plans that He has for your life.
Maybe things in your life aren’t going the way you had envisioned and you need to make some major decisions. Wait. If you judge things from your limited vantage point, if you go by just what you can see with your natural eyes at this particular moment in time, you will miss God. You will judge your circumstances incorrectly and then make a wrong decision based on that faulty judgment. As a result, you will turn the reins of your life over to the enemy to lead you places where you don’t want to go. Meanwhile, the Bible says in Psalm 37:23 that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.
I always thought I was smart. I think my brother Aaron, is saying right now. (It moved from smart to an arrogance). Then some of you are probably saying, are you sure it still isn’t arrogance.
Anyway I can say without a doubt that my steps were ordered by Jennifer in the past. I can say with those steps came financial security, lots of material possessions, and a planned out life. Now there is nothing wrong with financial security, material possessions and being smart. God has just shown me that at that time in my life it was a distraction for me. I can honestly say that during this time when I was ordering my steps that the Lord barely used me.
Now, I feel that the Lord uses me almost everyday. I am learning to begin the day in surrender to what the Lord would have me do and not my list of what is important. I am a planner and this is hard for me to surrender. I constantly want to come up with a list that I think is great. In surrendering my planning though to the Lord. I am moving closer to the Lord and the Lord is using me more. I still plan but God is doing the list and not me.
Who is ordering your steps for the rest of the day? How about tomorrow? Is God softly speaking to you that you should maybe plan something else that is more about His direction then yours?
Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.
Jennifer Van Allen