When we are at the crossroads and faced with a decision, we first have to decide if we are in control or God. Ultimately, God is in control, but we still are given the opportunity to follow Him.
Even though there is a greater authority and power who will guide us, we still find ourselves at the controls. Have you ever been asked to deliver a package a quickly as possible? If so, you had your direction, but still had to make decisions on which street to take. Maybe you had to determine the time of day and usual flow of traffic to help you decide each turn. To make things a little more interesting, perhaps you were given specific instructions not to take any streets with school zones.
You would find freedom to make decisions, but you would also have some direction. If you were concerned with fulfilling your task efficiently, you would contemplate each turn. You would try to make each turn fulfill the objective.
It’s not that much different with God. We are faced with some decisions. We have direction and a goal. There are some specifics. It is still however, up to us to turn the wheel.
If you’re a person who does not like change, you might just like to take the same path all the time. Unfortunately, even paths change. If one is walked long enough & often enough, it becomes impassable and you must divert a bit to avoid the treacherous rut. Life is that way. There is going to be change. We can either take responsibility & help steer that change, or we can sit back and refuse to accept it while it changes anyway.
I’m acquainted with a church that had leadership express a few years ago, that they wanted things to just stay the same. After several years of not steering any change & trying to do things with the same people and the same ways, it has decreased in size to about 1/3 of what it was. People have died. Inevitable change. Less is being done, less participation, no attraction for newcomers.
Wouldn’t it be better to accept that things are going to change in life & then respond to that by taking hold of the wheel & steering the direction of the change? It’s not that we take those controls away from God. It’s more like accepting the responsibility that He has given to us. As long as we abide by His specific directives, we can then weigh the flow of traffic (society), determine the time of day,(current culture), and make decisions for change based upon our best ability to meet the objective.
Even with our best efforts in that, we find that we have times we do not feel wise enough to apply the knowledge that we have. So God has given us prayer. If we ask, He will provide the wisdom.
Even if you have a GPS navigator in your car, at least for now, you still have to press the gas pedal and turn the steering wheel for it to get you there.
Life is changing…..keep hold of the wheel! Brad