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Do It God's Way

Do It God’s Way

There is a passage in the Book of Judges that is repeated a number of times – “there was no king in Israel, so everyone did what was right in his own eyes”. When man follows his own instincts, apart from the redeemed nature of a converted person or in other words following the leading of the Christ, it leads to ruin. “A man’s steps are from the Lord, how can man understand his way (Proverbs 20:4 ESV).”

In the study of early American history, one learns that prior to the Revolutionary War, Americans depended greatly on God and His leadership to survive the difficult times. Then during the war, we can find numerous examples of the Americans turning to God in prayer for leadership and they saw divine intervention in many situations. How else can one explain the ability of a rag-tag, unorganized, spur of the moment, military defeating the world super-power at the time Great Britain. Then following the war, and their great accomplishment, they began to drift away from God and developed a sense of self-power looking back on their great accomplishment. They began to pursue the American dream in their own strength, and that is still going on today. I’m reminded of the song written by Paul Anka, made famous by Frank Sinatra, “My Way”. “I faced it all, and I stood tall and did it my way”.

“A man’s heart plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps (Proverbs 16:9).” It is foolish to do it my way, do it God’s way and let Him lead you down the path to victory. You may think you are doing it “my way”, but you are not. The prophet Jeremiah says, “I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not his own, no one who walks directs his own steps (Jeremiah 10:23).” Therefore, I urge you to openly declare you are following the LORD, and you are doing all things His way. May the peace of Christ be you.

Tags: faith, trust