Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Challenge

Mindy here. I've always been fond of saying "better is one day in Your courts than thousands elsewhere." But this week I learned from Joshua and Judges just how important it is to do things God's way.

The Israelites had been instructed by the Lord to drive out the Canaanites and take their land. God even told them He would go before them. Yet tribe after tribe failed to follow God's instruction. They didn't overthrow the people. They didn't destroy their idols. They didn't remove them from the land.

In Judges 2, we see God's punishment on the Israelites for their disobedience. That the people they failed to drive out would be "thorns in their sides and their gods would be a snare..."

This made me think about my own life. How often have I failed to do things God's way because the challenge was too tough? Or I've bartered for an easier route? God wanted the best for the Israelites. He wants the best for me. Yet when we disobey, we miss out on God's best. I can only imagine the things I've missed.

I know there things in my life that God is calling me to do, and I'm either ignoring them or trying to find an easier way. Maybe He's got a challenge for you, too. Are we up to it, or will we take the easy way out? Do we want His best?

God's ways are always better than our ways. And they're always worth the effort.

9 comments:

  1. I have to tell myself this when I worry about, well, just about everything! :)

    God wants the best for us. And His plan may not be my plan. I have to tell myself that often.

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  2. Amen! I've been thinking a lot on this lately. A lot. I'm trying to listen and know what God is saying rather than what I'm wanting.

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  3. Missy, at least you acknowledge you're a worrier, so I don't have to point that out to you :-) It is hard to do things God's way when we don't understand them. I guess we just have to keep reminding ourselves that He sees the big picture.

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  4. Ah yes, Lindi. Listening. We're usually so busy telling God what we want that we fail to hear Him. I need to force myself to get still more often so I can hear Him.

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  5. LOL, Mindy! You've so got me pegged. :)

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  6. It is so like God to direct me to this blog via a comment Jennifer left on my blog. She is the third person in Christian publishing to cross my blogosphere path in the last two days. God always speaks to me through outside sources in threes. I'm in the process of writing a novel about something that happened in 1736. I was getting ready to go the way of the world. I was reviewing my plot outline and I thought "This is not going in a God honoring direction." You post is confirmation. Time for revision and re-direction. Thanks for being part of His Team.

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  7. Reggie, we're so glad you stopped by! I hope you'll come back again and let us know how your novel is going. :)

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  8. Reggie,

    Don't you love how God works? It's amazing. Please keep us posted on your novel.

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  9. Reggie,

    Thanks for stopping by. And like the girls said, keep us posted on your progress.

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