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All about my love for the Lord

His path, not mine….

on August 31, 2012

Jesus said, “Follow me.” Matthew 9:9

How often do we say that to our own children, “Follow me”?  And they do.  In most cases they follow with obedient hearts, but there are the times they follow begrudgingly.  They want to go their own way because they feel like they know best.  Our children are no different than their parents.  We follow Christ most of the time obediently…but a lot of the time begrudgingly.

When I am following Jesus, I feel peace that permeates through my being.  When I follow Christ, I feel His presence in all the decisions I have to make.  He sets my feet on paths of righteousness.  He breathes life and truth into my heart.  Following Christ is a discipline.  It takes motivation to humbly walk the path of Christ.  It is not easy.  Following goes against our inherent desire to figure things out for ourselves. A lot like Eve.  She thought she could lead…she led herself and Adam right out of the Garden of Eden.  How often do I lead myself away from the Lord into unwanted circumstances?

I want to walk and follow in obedience.  But, my fallen human nature keeps me from following Him honestly.  I can talk a good talk but when I really survey where my desires have taken me, I fall short of His path.  He redeems me and sets me straight.  He is mighty to save.  He heals my sin nature.

Now, sin is sin. I am not a murder or adulterer and I try in earnest to always tell the truth. But, I sin.  I believe my greatest sin is cloaked in reservation.  I confess that I don’t always trust that the path the Lord has me on is the one I should be on…but then he reminds me to “Follow”.  He changes my heart.  He makes me very aware that He is the Light and the Way.

I am learning, as I follow Christ, that I do not always understand why He sets me on certain paths.  I am quick to doubt, but He reveals to me His reason.  He leads me away from danger and heartache. He leads me to still waters and green pastures.  He makes me rest.  When I am following the call He has for my life things are always sweeter.  They may not be fun or without struggle, but they are always wrapped in His peace.  When I follow the Lord and rely fully on His way, I am certain that I am on a path of Goodness.  For He is good all the time and all the time He is good.  He will not lead us astray.  He will always lead us on the path of Life.

So, why does the path lead us through difficulty?  Because, it is through our suffering that we are better able to cling to the Lord.  The best thing that could have ever happened to me was being stripped of everything that I claimed as comfortable.  Because in my discomfort I sought His guidance and He cemented in my heart a deep abiding Love that carries me through.

Life in this world has never come with the promise of easy or happy or just.  But, when we serve the Lord and lay all we have at His feet, He makes straight our paths.  He gives us what we need, even what we desire…when it’s in His will.  How do we know when we are following and asking and desiring in His will? For me, the evidence has been tangible.  When I follow and ask and desire the things of God in my life, I feel a peace that surpasses understanding.  I am free in the Love of Christ to live out my life for Him.  My life becomes His and not my own.  When I obey…He uses me for His glory.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for always lighting my way.  I am yours to follow.  Please give me a desire to stay on Your path and to follow Your will.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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