Going Your Own Way

Do you ever like to go your own way?

I remember when I was a bi-vocational pastor, I drove 60 miles one way to work and it could become a monotonous drive.  We lived in the country and there were six different ways to get to my office.  So everyday I would take a different route.  The shortest route was always the easiest but I often took the long way just to have some new scenery.  It was the way I wanted to go, not necessarily the best way.  Some of the roads I went down were old country roads that had potholes and gravel, but that was the way I wanted to go.  It was not the best way.

Sometime, this is the way we follow the Lord.  There is a better way to go, the Lord’s way, but we choose rather to follow our own paths.  The Lord’s way is the best path but we choose the roads filled with potholes and gravel rather than the perfectly paved road the Lord has prepared for us.

Jeremiah 10:23 says, “O Lord, I know the way of may is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. O Lord, correct me, but with justice; Not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing.”

As I read this verse I was reminded of the many times I have chosen my own path only to find myself on a dead end street.  We must allow God to direct our steps.  We must not lean to our own understanding but acknowledge Him in all of our ways and let Him direct our paths.

Our problem is that we have our own ideas of how God should order our steps.  We have our own agendas and we try to fit God into what we want.  As we live this life, we want things our way and we want them now.  We want to do the things we want.  We want the ministries that we desire.

In the old movie Bells of St. Mary’s, one of the nuns proclaims, “May the Lord’s will be done.”  Another nun replies, “and may our will become His will.”  That is often the extent of our prayers; convincing God to follow our will instead of us following His.

Our prayer ought to be as Jeremiah, “Lord correct me but with justice.”  I challenge you this morning to not seek your own way but allow God to correct the way you have chosen.  Follow His chosen path.  Do not get ahead of Him or go down a road that you want to take.  Follow Jesus on the road that leads to life and abundance.  He surely has chosen the better way.

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