Thursday, September 01, 2005

A Proverbs Morning

Proverbs 20:24- A man's steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?
Proverbs 21:30- There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.

I may have already mentioned this in a previous post but it is applicable here so I'm going to say it again: I saw a girl at the Leo Sale wearing a shirt that said on the back, "There is only one God. Stop applying for His job."

I have expectations a lot of times. Mostly... good ones. Often I think that in order to follow Christ in the manner I should, I have to complete numbers 1-10 on my to-do list of "Ways to be a Great Christian" (hypothetically speaking). Goals are good... I don't want to minimize the effect of Christ-like goals. However, my set of expectations, although they are "good," may not necessarily match up to what God has in mind for me. Just because I don't feel like I'm doing what I think I need to do doesn't mean He sitll isn't using me in His own ways. He uses us all differently.

If my one, ultimate goal is to follow Him and not try to pave my own way with ideals and expectations, then I WILL be living in God's plan. And He's perfect. I may not always understand Him in His perfection, but as Proverbs 20:24 points out... why should we?



raincaller said...

T well put. Expectations, longings, and desires are, I think, God's ultimate way to cause his children to seek Him out the spring of living water. It reminds me of little puppies who are blind at birth, but they have an overwhelming to find their nursing mother. They sniff out and "root" around until they find her. Crud but it's a vivid picture anyway.

Luke said...

When you said: "However, my set of expectations, although they are "good," may not necessarily match up to what God has in mind for me."

It made me think...Remember God's Will is 98% about Who you are. The Bible isn't a book about "what car to buy" or "what job to take". It's a book about a lifestyle and heart issues. God is about directing us to Holiness through His Word! Let us strive for Holiness and pray for wisdom from God to apply that holiness to our everyday decisions.

taryn said...

Raincaller- I like your analogy!

Luke- thanks.

I may have not explained that the greatest...what I meant by that is that sometimes I have expectations set for myself without searching out what GOD wants for me. Does that make sense? (I do realize that ultimately, if I am trying to live FOR God, my goals SHOULD be good and Christ-like.)

I liked your point about the Bible and what it's about. Sometimes I go there trying to find the phrase "Buy green Volkswagon Beetle" or "Work in Phoenix, Arizona" hidden somewhere in between the lines :-) It's not about that. It's about living a holy life.


Luke said...

Amen Taryn! Sorry I misunderstood you. I'm kinda dense a lot of the time. If you're around you should come to the Nursing Home singing tonight eh?

taryn said...

Already plannin on it.