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Don't Bother Stepping on His Toes

(THIS WEEK: What We Know.)

We all think we know what we’re doing, where we are headed and how screwed up the world is for not following us.


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Oh, excuse me, that’s just me.

Whether you think you’re opinionated or not, you are. I have this discussion with a loved one all of the time. It’s a “I say TomatO and you say TomatA” kind-of-thing. This person doesn’t call it a “rule,” just a “preference.”

Toss semantics to the wind. We all have “preferences” - that polite euphemism for “You’re wrong!”

I have for many years thought that I had an inkling of where I was going in life and, just as importantly, the how-to of getting there. Many have thrown me the lifeline, “Just let go and let God.” Whenever I did that, my checkbook, relationships or mind would start blinking like an idiot light. It’s not as simple as letting go. It’s a matter of knowing why you are letting go.

Life is a path for two. But God still needs to lead. Therefore, we need to know why we “let God.”

“Oh, the depths of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?’”

Romans 11:33,34 (NIV)

That would be the “Why.”

PORTAL TO HEAVEN: Life’s direction and calling are safe with God. He puts desires in us, but we must let Him steer the way. The Apostle Paul wrote and quoted the aforementioned scripture as he knew what it was to “kick against the goads.” Opinions, preferences and rules are O.K. But pull into God’s service station first when you see the idiot light on your life’s dashboard. He’ll explain it to you.

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps…It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings…The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 16:9 (NIV), Proverbs 25:2 (NIV), Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)

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