I was running late to an appointment after helping out a friend. I do not like to be late! So, I thought it would be a good idea to take a short cut that I had seen my husband take a few times. Of course, I got lost and my short cut turned out to be a long cut and cost me more time. The best laid plans!
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:7
While lost, I thought this was a great example of how we live our lives sometimes. Often, we decide to take our own path instead of God’s and when we do, we shouldn’t be surprised at the outcome. Looking back I remember just a few of the unproductive, hurtful and scary outcomes of my own short cuts. Whether words or actions they are things that seemed like a great idea at the time, but ended up a disaster in one way or another.
I am sure Satan sits there cheering us on when we get the urge to follow our own desires or the desires of this world over the ones of our Lord and Savior.
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2
“The will of God”
Read that again. We throw those four words around a lot, but do we think about what they really mean. We can’t even fathom what mighty and amazing plans God has is store for us and we don’t always see the benefits while traveling the long road. Many times we want to turn around, take the next turn or even give up and just veer over into the ditch, but if we focus on God’s Word, His truth and His great love for us the long road can be a wonderful journey that draws us closer to God than we ever imagined. His plan really is perfect and He has one just for you.
God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. Job 37:5