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Being in Sync with God

Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  
Proverbs 3:5-6

In my high school the girls’ drill team was very cool. I really wanted to be on the team, so when I tried out, I was extremely nervous. Maybe that’s why I messed up. Our leader said, “Turn right!” I turned left. Oops.   

I wasn’t surprised I wasn’t selected. Even though my grades were good, and I fit into the uniform, I realized they wanted girls who could follow the commands.

The next semester I tried out again. This time I followed directions and made the team. That began many, many hours of disciplined practice. When we marched in time to the drum beat, it was beautiful. However, if one girl got out of rhythm or turned the wrong way, it was ugly!

The drill team illustrates a fundamental of Christian living. As we walk with God, we are continually challenged to decide which way to turn. To make it personal, you and I must constantly decide whether we’ll go our way or God’s way .

When it comes to making choices, Proverbs 3:5-6 advises us, 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.

One reason we choose our way is it’s easier. It is easier to worry than to trust God. It’s easier to retaliate than to forgive. 

God’s way is hard. It’s hard to prioritize spending time with Him everyday. It is difficult to put others ahead of self. 

However, let’s take a closer look at the easy way because it has an enormous downside. When we choose our way, we get out of sync with God. If choosing our way becomes the norm for us, we wind up way off course as well as out of step.

God has a plan for each of our lives, a path for us to follow. His path is filled with joy and blessings. When we choose His way, we find the good He’s planned for us.

Father, help us to hear and follow You each day. 


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