Nearing the end of The Principle of the Path, I have realized that although the general direction of my life is honoring to God and seeking Him, I have many little areas that still need reigning in.
These verses highlighted this thinking:
35Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I delight.
36Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
37 Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.
My daily direction needs to submit to His direction. My attentions need to focus on His way. I need to find my life in His way of living.
This paragraph screamed at me:
"Wait a minute; who said anything about resisting God? I may be guilty of a bit of misprioritizing but I don't have anything against God," here's something to consider. When we resist God's will for our lives, we are in essence resisting God. When we resist the priorities he has established for us through Scripture, we resist him. When we resist taking full responsibility for the people he has entrusted to our care, we resist him. When we are poor stewards with the financial resources he has entrusted to us, we resist him. Subtle, I know. But it is still there.
I don't want anything competing for God's attention in my life. I want to follow His direction in my parenting, in my homeschooling, in my marriage, in my stewardship. If I allow something else to steal my line of sight even for a moment, I begin to veer off course. I've got to stay solidly focused on Him.
Reminds me of a friend of mine who recently got to ride in an aerobatic plane as a passenger. She was so struck by the need for the pilot to completely focus on the lead plane. "All" he had to do was follow precisely through loops and dives, accelerations and dips. Just keep that lead plane in the same spot out front.
That's all God asks of me. Should be pretty simple, really. No doubting or questioning, just focused following.
Lord, keep calling me back. I just want to follow. ~Amen
Make me to go in the path of thy commandments;
for therein do I delight.
Incline my heart unto thy testimonies,
and not to covetousness.
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity;
and quicken thou me in thy way.