”A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.” -Proverbs 16:9
Are you the passenger or the driver of your life?
As we live this life that God has blessed each of us with, it is easy and natural that we should develop plans, dreams, and goals. When we become Christians however, our desires should be to fulfill God’s plans for us even if they are opposite our own. In the process of determining His plans we need to make sure that we are doing what God wants, not what we think He wants; making sure we are following His plans, not coming up with our own. But how do we know if we are allowing God to lead or are dragging Him behind us?
Do you constantly fret and worry and plan over which direction you should take? When nothing is happening in your life, do you feel the need to make something happen? Do you feel stressed and agitated with the direction (or indirection) of your life? Do you often come up with enthusiastic ideas that are never followed through with? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, chances are you have put God in the passenger seat and are attempting to steer yourself through your life. Doing this ultimately ends in failure, disappointment, and sometimes even disaster!
Do you live life one day at a time and handle things as they happen? If nothing seems to be happening in your life are you content to let God work things out? Do you feel peaceful in the direction you are going even though you are not sure where that is? Do you spend time in prayer and consideration before committing to doing anything seemingly for God? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions then you have or are well on your way to having God in the driver’s seat! Your life is so much easier and more peaceful than it would be otherwise.
It is extremely important that we learn and allow God to direct and guide our lives. Jeremiah had it right when he said “the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.” (10:23) We may think we know what’s best for us but we often can’t see past our own desires. God can see all that we need and knows all that we can do. He knows the best way to get us where we need to be exactly when we need to be there. God doesn’t just direct us though, He shields, protects, sustains, and keeps us. (Psalms 31:1-3; Proverbs 2:6-9) Our prayer needs to be Psalms 25:5, “Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.”