Back in August I published the post “Relax And Let God Drive” In it I wrote;
“One of the major reasons of burnout is stress. We put too much pressure on ourselves. We believe that we have to get everything done today, and that it has to be done our way. When we put that kind of pressure on ourselves and we can't get it things done then we stress out. Too much stress and then we burn out. When we burn out we are of no use to our sales on anyone else. The best way to relieve stress is to delegate. without sounding condescending to God what I mean is that the things that we are responsible for we let God handle. You feel comfortable in delegating something to someone else when you have confidence that they will accomplish the task. If we say that we have faith in God and trust him we have confidence in him. We all can quote the scripture that nothing is impossible for God. What if that's the case then let him do it. We've seen the bumper sticker to let God Drive. well let him drive and let him relieve the stress. and when we turn the wheel over to him we should not be back street drivers just let him take us to the places that he wants us to go.
Proverbs 3:5-6 CEV With all your heart you must trust the Lord and not your own judgment. Always let him lead you, and he will clear the road for you to follow.
Lord Jesus, Please Lead Me. Take The Wheel. Take The Whole Car! Take My Life. No More Pushing To The Front Of The Line For Me. I Want You, Jesus. I Want More Of You.”
How many times has the GPS application installed in our cars, or on our phones taken us on roundabout way to your destination? Once you reach the destination you realize that you could have taken a more direct route. Well when God is your GPS you can be sure that He will guide you to your destination by the most direct route. The route that He takes you may not be free of hazards but if there are hazards your driver will never panic (if God is your driver too). He will remain in control and you will arrive safely. God is the perfect driver and He’s the most accurate GPS.
Oh, the Places God Will Take You!
From Crosswalk the Devotional
by Veronica Neffinger
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." -Proverbs 3:5-6
Looking at my stash of postcards, I can’t help but think of the Dr. Seuss book title, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”
I have been a lot of places (within the U.S. anyway): Bayfield, WI for their apple orchards and outdoor concert venue, winding Lombard Street in San Francisco, the mangroves of the Florida Keys, Pike’s Peak in Colorado...and the list goes on.
As I look at the postcards which mark each place I’ve been, I also can’t help but think that rather than the places I’ll go, the theme for my life has been “Oh, the places the Lord will take you!”
Sometimes these are literal, physical places like the ones mentioned above, but more often they are intangible places of spiritual growth.
All Christians seem to love the popular Proverbs verses: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight,” but oftentimes it seems we do not trust in God to lead us down the right metaphorical path, while we do trust our GPS to get us to that scenic overlook, that historical attraction, that famed wonder of nature--all physical realities.
I would wager that many of us have discovered the hard way that when you think you know better than your GPS and you override it, you usually end up lost.
I don’t think it would be a stretch to claim that we often do the same with God as our guide.
It’s easy to think we know best how to direct our own paths and get where we want to go, but the truth is, we probably wouldn’t have many spiritual “postcards” hanging in the room of our hearts if we went our own way.
God is trustworthy. He is always ready to prove that.
I bet many, many of us could look back on the life we have already lived and point to dozens of times when we saw God’s hand orchestrating situations, bringing certain people into our lives, opening certain doors, closing others, bringing us to a place in which we can look back and see his Providence.
Many of us will also probably admit that those paths didn’t look very straight at the time when we were in the valley, but after all, it’s the same on a map: a road may look straight from a bird’s-eye view, but when you walk or drive it, you may find it has many bends and curves.
And yet, we still trust that the road will take us where the map or a GPS said it would take us--what if we did the same in our relationship with God?
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.