God's Way is Best
Read | Proverbs 16:18-25
A popular song from the late 1960s talks about someone looking back over his life and proudly proclaiming he did it his way. Five different times, the unidentified person expresses self-satisfaction about not answering to anyone about his lifestyle or choices.
The song’s theme is the exact opposite of how God has called believers to live. As Christ-followers, we are to submit to the Lord and live according to His plan.
How do we live God’s way? By . . .
• Giving Him our attention. We’re to set aside our agendas and focus instead on our relationship with God and the things that please Him.
• Following His directions. We must obey any steps He has already revealed for our situation. Being confident God will answer, we should continue to ask what the subsequent steps are (Prov. 3:5-6). This requires that we listen attentively to His Word and heed His instructions.
• Accepting God’s provision as adequate. The Lord takes full responsibility for the life that is committed to Him, and He will provide everything we will need for following His instructions. We are to base all of our actions and decisions on this truth(Phil. 4:13), even when our feelings say we have insufficient resources or skills.
What do your choices reveal—that you have chosen to walk God’s way, or that you are singing a song of prideful independence? Consider whether you’ve erected a “hands off” sign over certain areas of your life. It’s not too late to change your tune to “I Did It God’s Way.”
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