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As I’ve studied some of the Proverbs for my sermons and also
for personal devotional times, this passage has always stuck out to me.Why?Because I see myself practicing this problem daily.It’s not that I intentionally try to go my
own way.I don’t start my prayer time
with God each day and say, “Okay Lord, I’m gonna do my own thing, so step out
of the way, please!”
We would probably think that ridiculous to pray like that
and tell God we’re gonna live life the way we want to.I think we would all truly desire to live the
way God wants us to live.However, we
are human flesh and we fall to temptations every single day.I know my day is full of temptations.I have temptations to divert my attention
away from work that needs to be done each day. I have temptations to focus my
attention on things other than family when they need me.
There’s not one of us who doesn’t struggle each day with
being distracted.If we didn’t deal with
distractions and temptations, we wouldn’t be human.
I think my problem is that I have ideas and ways that I
think will go well and, many times, I don’t ask God for His direction and I
just go about my merry little way.I
look at something or a situation and ideas start running through my mind.Sometimes, I don’t see things in a clear way
and I just think I do.I want to do my
own thing and go my own way as I see fit.In a way, I’m telling God, “Alright, Lord, I got this one!I’ll consult You on the next round!”
We would be very wise to heed God’s direction in everything
we do. This proverb is important for us to take notice of.There is a way that seems right to us, but we
must be wise and go to God and allow Him to lead our way, even if our way seems
right.We need the guidance of the Holy
Spirit.We desperately need His way to
be shown to us, not our own way.
Only through His way will we really succeed.Through our own ways and understanding, we
could very well eventually be led to our own death.We would be wise to heed His direction.A lot of ways “seem” right to us, but God
sees the bigger picture.
So often, we are told we need certain certifications in
order to do a job.Granted, you do need
this and would be a great idea to have the proper certifications in order to do
certain jobs that you apply for.You
definitely wouldn’t want me working on an aircraft because I don’t have that
training.And, you wouldn’t want me
working underneath your car because I don’t have ASE certification either.
It makes sense that in order to do certain jobs that we could
apply for, we would need the proper schooling, education and training.It just makes sense in order to do the job
right.Sometimes, this happens in our
thought process when we are sharing the love of Christ and the Gospel to
others.We think we just need more
education, more training and more preparation before we can really share His
Word with others.
This is not to say that bible college and seminary education
is wrong by any means, but sometimes we rely way too much on book knowledge and
don’t just ask God to give us the words and direction we need when sharing with
others.If we have Christ in our lives,
we have the Holy Spirit and He will guide us and lead us in the way we need to
go.I really like here how Peter and
John were both unschooled and very ordinary men who were on fire and passionate
about spreading the Good News.They
didn’t have a college or seminary degree, they just had a love and passion for
Jesus Christ.Wow, how simplified that
Be assured that if you love Jesus Christ and are passionate
about telling others about Him, the Holy Spirit will guide and lead you.Rely always on His guidance, realizing that
we not always need the proper training as we would in a normal job setting.Let God use you and the Holy Spirit move through
To serve God and share the Gospel, there is no
degree required, just a willingness to be used by Him.