Driving Lessons

Driving Lessons

We often cruise through life without asking for directions. Often we rush to make decisions without the GPS of God’s Word and will. Instead, we strike out on our own. We haven’t paid attention to road signs and warning lights. Perhaps we plow ahead and make a hasty decision from our own earthly wisdom. Confusion results. We ask questions like “How did I get here?” “How am I going to get myself out of this?”

I have been there. I have made decisions before that seemed like a good idea at the time and it seemed like a God idea as well. BUT I got ahead of God, I moved too quickly in my decision and it put me into a situation that ended up in a quagmire of trouble. Eventually, I turned the situation over to God and let Him work. My quandary of confusion turned into peace and God-ordained purpose. I guess the Bible is correct when it says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”-Proverbs 3:5-6  

What does it mean to whole-heartedly trust God? God is the origin or source of all good. He has made us as His creatures to be dependent upon Himself. He requires us to be conscious of that dependence. He has promised to communicate what we need and He commands us to believe His promises and look for our fulfillment in Him. But, we are to rely upon Him without doubt and fear. And we must trust God whole-heartedly-without reservation. 

“And do not lean on your own understanding” You are to lean on GOD, not on yourself, because as I have heard it said, “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool.” 

Verse 6 tells us, “In all your ways acknowledge Him” This is what I have so deeply learned in my own life as a believer. I have learned to begin, continue and end every plan and purpose with God as my Guide. I have learned to earnestly pray for His direction at the beginning, and to look for his continual support along the way. 

Leaning on our own self-sufficiency and self-dependence has been the ruin of mankind ever since the fall of Adam. Trying to live independently of God will do nothing but bring frustration and futility. Setting your heart upon God will bring peace and well-being!

“The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.”-Isaiah 26:3

To be kept in this perfect peace is a matter of our mind. You, my friend, are to love the LORD your God with all of your mind (Matthew 22:37) and you are to set your mind on things above (Colossians 3:2). Your Christian life is not an mindless meandering, it is proactively choosing God’s way and purposefully meditating upon Him. If your past decisions have brought you to a place of perplexity, then ask for forgiveness for trying to do it your way. Let God take the reins of your life and give you His peace.

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