Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Directions

Not everyone wants to follow directions. 

There have been times I have ignored directions or fought against them.  Maybe some of these will sound familiar to you as well.   

·      Tossing the written directions aside when putting a toy together on Christmas Eve

·      Ignoring the directions on a recipe

·      Discounting someone’s overbearing step-by-step directions, when you are the one cleaning up the mess.  "Do it like this.  Do it like that."

·      The over-complicated math directions, when you can get the answer way faster doing it on your own. 

·      **And what about when you are the driver and the directions are flying at you from the passenger seat and if you show any weakness the back seat will pipe in too.  

**Disclaimer:  When I'm in the passenger seat or back seat I have an excellent view of everything and my directions should be listened to.  

When directions are given, something can rises up in the one receiving the directions and resist.  We want to ignore the spoke or written words even though they were intended to help us.  

In 2 Thessalonians 3:5, this statement from the Apostle Paul sounds like a prayer that over 2,000 years ago, he prayed over each of us.  

May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God 

and into the steadfastness of Christ.

In my life, I have personally resisted direction on many occasions; parental, spouse, family members, friends, and those in authority.  However, the directions that I've resisted the most in life, has been from God's Word.  

At my age, and years in the Lord, you'd think I'd finally be willing to follow directions, yet, here I am still a work in progress.  When I get bumped, I fail miserably.

I could have avoided many unnecessary fights and hurt feelings if I had followed the directions and submitted my pride and rebellion over to the Lord.

Let’s change 2 Thessalonians 3:5, and make it personal to us today.  

May the Lord direct MY heart into the love of God 

and into the steadfastness of Christ.  

Now, those are directions worth following!

 




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