Question: What do ballroom dance partners, employees and their supervisors, and God and his children all have in common? Do you give up or did the title give it away?
Answer: One leads while the other follows.
Follow the leader was a fun game for me. It was cool to follow but it was pure joy to lead and have kids do off the wall stuff that I felt like doing! If you think about it, life is like a never ending game of follow the leader. We are always following something whether we want to or not. I was reading Joshua chapter 3 last week in the message version and it caught my complete and total attention.
When you see the Covenant-Chest of God, your God, carried by the Levitical priests, start moving. Follow it. Make sure you keep a proper distance!—and you’ll see clearly the route to take. You’ve never been on this road before. Joshua 3:3-4 MSG
The message for me was simple: Let God lead. (I wonder what you just got from reading it)
I automatically put my head down because I knew the word was tailor made for me. Even though I immediately accepted the word, it took me several days to realize I should repent for this. Why? I have tried to take God’s leadership position in my own life and it has negatively affected me and my ministry. Over the last few days I learned that I’ve taken control of things I have no experience in dealing with. My biggest tell? I was worried. When we worry it usually means we have taken the trust we have in God and placed it in our feeble ability or whatever circumstance we’re facing.
I think we all have moments we want to step in as God’s boss. But maybe I should only speak for myself. Sometimes I want to tell God what to do, how to bless, how much to bless, when he is not being fair, and when he should do this and/or that. Of course I don’t sit and say “God do this now”. It
happens without me knowing through thoughts like: Why can’t I have this now, it’s not fair that this is happening like that, Lord please do this for me now the timing feels right, or why didn’t this go the way I think it should?
That is me putting myself in a place where I tell God—“Ey, you don’t have a clue as to what you are doing! I know how to do this way better!” Sounds bad huh? I knooow. But it happens! And while that is happening he’s not in leadership position in our hearts. What eternal good can come from that?
I hear speakers in some churches start with: “Giving honor to God who is truly the head of my life” and I wonder is he? Can he guide, discipline, bless, take away, and leave us in an uncomfortable situation a tad bit too long for our liking and we still follow him instead of trying to take over? Really think about that.
Over the last few years I have allowed God to lead me in a number of areas in my life. However, I know there are some days and some situations that this is not the case. When we remove God from the throne of our hearts, that leadership position, it opens us up for various trials and emotions that could very well be avoided. I always learn this the hard way!
A couple of weeks ago I kept thinking, just turn it back over to God and a few seconds later found myself screaming BUT HOOOOWWWW??? Lol am I the only one with those moments? I’m still unsure when things changed but the actions leading up to this shift came with an initial shift in focus with my:
- Scripture readings
Next thing you know I was lighter. The situation is the same but it’s not as big of deal because it is not bigger than God. I repeated encouraging thoughts and scriptures to the point of actually believing them. My actions and emotions followed suit.
Is God the head of your life? Are you truly able to let go and let God? It’s not an easy task but it can be learned! Start with that one worry. You know the thing that keeps you stressed out, up at night, and/or consumes your mind? That is an area or circumstance that you have not fully trusted to God. Pray about it and ask God to lead you to scripture that will assist you in changing your focus and handing the reigns over to him. Matter of fact, if you want me to pray with you and help you to study these points you can do so by clicking here. When we transfer the weight over to God we become lighter and are better able to walk through the issue we are facing. Whatever it is. There is nothing too small to qualify. Think about how bad a paper cut can annoy and hurt. Now proceed…
This week’s devotions will be dedicated to breaking down Joshua 3:3-4 MSG. So look forward to
Monday: Ark of the Covenant
Tuesday: Start Moving
Wednesday: Follow it
Thursday: Even through the changes
Friday: Keep a proper distance
Saturday: You’ve never been on this road before
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