It only took three chapters and six verses for man to sin. Three chapters in, and we are already looking for the shortcut and making bad choices.
I love the fact I can make my own decisions, but sometimes I wish God would just throw me down the right path. I wish He would just sit one door in front of me and say “Go!” Alas, He wants us to choose to love Him. He wants us to choose to follow Him. He wants true love not forced love. As we pray for guidance, though, he will carve out a proper path for us … a path that will lead us straight toward our destiny, our dreams.
The issue just like with Adam and Eve is that before we are even on our way down the lane we choose to put the bumpers down. You know what I mean when I say bumpers? I am talking about the guards they put up in bowling alleys for kids and … most of the time, me. They prevent your ball from going in the gutter. They guide the ball toward the pins.
What we do, like our predecessors though, is we say to God “I want to do it this way” or we fail to surrender an area of our life on account of fear. Our fears and paranoia will force us to do crazy things. We fear God’s path will somehow hide some fun and exciting things from us. We are so paranoid that by following the bumpers we will in turn miss out on some great opportunities that by our logic God has either missed or withheld from our path.
Let me tell you something: God is not putting up boundaries in your life for you to suffer. Just like bowling bumpers, the only thing outside God’s plan is the gutter. Sure, you will run across some good stuff in the gutter, but you cannot get a strike with a gutter ball. What I mean is you will never see the full potential of that aspect of your life.
If you live outside of the boundaries of your marriage don’t be shocked that your marriage is falling apart. If you live in the gutter when it comes to your prayer life don’t expect to recognize God’s voice in your everyday. We need to understand that God has set a path before all of us, but we are responsible for choosing which way we roll.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
Romans 12: 1-2
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