Monday, July 29, 2013

Are You On God's Path or Your Own?

Today I was running errands.  Shortly after entering the freeway, a Highway Patrol car with lights flashing sped across the road.  At first, I thought the patrolman was chasing someone, but he then started zig-zagging across the freeway in a pattern, making it apparent he was trying to clear the road for some unknown reason. 

I finally realized what he was doing and took the next exit.  While I was on the ramp, I could see ahead that the traffic was backed up.  Because of the warning of the highway patrolman, I was able to avoid the unnecessary wait. 

It reminded me of the story of Balaam.  I won’t go into all the details here, but you can read them in Numbers 22.    

In summary, Balaam was on a pathway God was not pleased with.  As a result, an angel of the Lord stood on the roadway to block him from moving forward.  The donkey Balaam was riding could see the angel and would not budge.  Balaam beat the donkey three times for not moving.  Then the donkey spoke to Balaam and his eyes were open to see the angel of the Lord in front of him. 

Sometimes road blocks are for our protection, and we need to heed their warning instead of getting angry at our circumstances.  Sometimes, God just wants to steer us down a different path.  Today, my destination did not change, but the road I took did.  I was able to save a little time by heeding the warning. 

In life, there are many pathways open to us.  As we move forward, we must discern which way to go.   We can avoid a lot of heartache and unnecessary trials if we listen to the voice of the Lord, moving forward as He leads.

I recognize Satan blocks our paths at times too.  We will talk about that at a later date and how to know the difference.  

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

"You Don't Know What You Are Asking."

Matthew 20:
20Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him.

21“What is it you want?” he asked.

She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

22“You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”
“We can,” they answered.

23Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.”

Verse 22:  Jesus said to them:  “You don’t know what you are asking.”

The mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons and asked a favor of him.  Of course, Jesus could not grant what she requested, but it really looked logical from her viewpoint.  However, Jesus knew she had no idea the price to be paid for this answered prayer.

We have probably all prayed specific prayers for our kids from our human perspective which looked like the right thing, but really we had no idea what we were asking.

What if God granted those requests?  Would our kids be better off or worse because they received what we thought was best?

I still want to be specific when I pray, but I definitely want to have an agreement with God, "Not my will, but Yours be done."  

Lord, thank you for not answering all of my prayers the way I pray them.  Thank you that you see my heart and know I only want your best.  Never give me what I want but totally what you want. 

Give me the mind of Christ.  Give me discernment and words of knowledge to know how to pray the right things.  Prepare me and my kids for all that is ahead.  In Jesus Name.