Take Time

Psalms 81:13-14Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.”

I have met folks who are fascinated with time travel. I have even thought about what it would be like… There are some who actually think our advances in technology can literally bring this about.

But a question rises in my mind; “If I could go back, would I be any better off?”

Truly, I can read the Word of God and learn from the choices others have made and learn from the consequences of their choices. But if I were to go back and change some of the choices I have made, would I be any better off?

Would I have learned to trust God wholly, deeply and fervently without the adversity that pressed me toward Him?

Would I have been able to stay humble if I knew I could control the outcome of my decisions?

Would a life devoid of trouble cause me to draw closer to God?

Are you beginning to see that there are a plethora of moral and ethical and spiritual implications that would arise?

But, the one thing God does afford us is the ability to learn from those who have gone before. I can look at those who trusted the promises of God and how that turned out versus the choices of the rebellious ones.

I can look at those who were ruled by fear and those ruled by faith.

I can look at those whose lives were lived in humble submission, accepting God’s will for their life and those who sought to make it their own way.

When I begin to realize it is all God through me and not me, I can be open to the greatest possibilities and opportunities.

I see in today’s text that God has my best interest in mind.

Jeremiah 29:11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Psalms 139:17-18How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.”

So often, I feel pressed to make hasty decisions when it comes to time and schedule. But, if I run those decisions through a filter of priorities, I find that God then has the opportunity to guide my thoughts and my decisions.

Thank God for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit!

I have a teacher, a guide, a Comforter, One who leads me into all truth and One who has my best interests in mind. Going solo in any or all decisions is plain foolish… but we do.

Take the time to pause and allow God to work in your life. It may well be worth the time you spend to listen.

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