No Short Cuts!

INSPIRATIONAL INJECTION: October 12-14, 2012

“The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim, 
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that, the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay 
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the other for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence: 
Two roads diverged in a wood, and
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

If you feel like your journey towards fulfilling your destiny is taking longer than needed, I encourage you to allow the Word of God, taken from the book of Exodus, to provide some comfort for you along the way. Many of us would love the chance to take the “easy” road in life to get to where are going. Just having the idea or thought to “speed up the process” is a temptation within itself! If we give in to it we not only go against God – but we will go against what “He”(anthropomorphically speaking) has planned for us!

Romans 8:7 (KJV) – Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

For this reason, the Bible instructs us to guard our minds and filter our thoughts! Remember, what we “Resist – Persists” ….and resistance starts in our very own minds. Thinking that we can escape the “blood, sweat and tears” portion of our journey is delusional!

Even our Prayers can be misguided – especially if were coming from a place of “getting out of” our present experience. I often used to pray for the Lord to show me what He had planned for me. Erroneously, “applying” the Proverbs 3:6 scripture. How easy would it be for God to just tell me what “He” wanted me to do for “Him” vs. me seeking the scripture, actually praying and developing a real relationship with “Him”, consistently? I realized I was trying to take the easy way out. Forgetting all about what is said in Proverbs 3:5 [paraphrasing] — TRUST in the Lord, and don’t use your limited understanding to short cut your way out of life!

God is not in the business of allowing us to take shortcuts in life. “He” has given “Himself “the responsibility to work IN and THROUGH us, until the end of time. The purpose of this is to make sure that our hearts are for “Him” and not for us.

“When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them along the road to the land of the Philistines, even though it was nearby; for God said, The people will change their minds and return to Egypt if they face war.” So He led the people around toward the Red Sea along the road of the wilderness. And the Israelites left the land of Egypt in battle formation.” – Exodus 13:17-18 (HCSB)

I’m here to tell you that this theory, of shortcuts through life, is of the world. Just because were human doesn’t mean we have to be carnal – there is a difference.

Romans 12:2 (KJV) – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

The purpose of our walk with “Him” is to allow Him to renew our minds and transform our hearts; and from a human perspective this takes time. The above Exodus 13 passage which highlights the beginning of the Exodus (God’s people being freed from slavery in Egypt and led to the Promised Land) shows 3 things:

1) God is and ALWAYS be Charge! As it says in verse 17 “God did not lead them along the road…” and 18 “So He led the people”. Even though God appointed Moses to “take charge”, God was still, and always is, in control. Amen! Don’t allow the pace of your race to dictate who is in charge. But there is a fine print: God is in as much control of our lives as we allow Him to be.

2) God isn’t on our timetable! {Isaiah 55:8} – Remember “God did not lead them along the road to the land of the Philistines, even though it was nearby; for God said, “The people will change their minds and return to Egypt if they face war.” “He” could have taken them on the “easy” path towards the Promised Land, but God foreknew of the trouble that was ahead. Also, God knew that His people (I say this emphatically) — was not prepared to deal with, what “He intended” (again anthropomorphically speaking) for them.Would you hand your car keys over to your 9 year old child and expect them to carry out the responsibilities that come along with driving? No. It’s a process and takes time.

We must unlearn the knowledge of the world and learn the knowledge of Christ. Who we are in Christ (or better said, who Christ is in us) – is an everyday learning process.

Acts 17:28 – For you know the saying, “We live in God; we move in God; we exist in God.” And still another said, “We are indeed God’s children.”

3) God also showed much compassion and understanding for His Children due to their lack of knowledge. “He” shows that same compassion and understanding towards us today.  It almost seemed that He displayed the theory that, it isn’t about Him (although it His) but about taking His time to give His Children what they need to succeed. “The people will change their minds and return to Egypt if they face war.” According to that part of the scripture, God knew that His People wasn’t ready to face war. WE ALL KNOW that the power of God is so strong that He can allow one chosen man to defeat an army of 10,000 men, Hallelujah! Even if all the Jews were to go back to Egypt, if one stayed, God could have provided him will all the power needed to face the war but that didn’t happen.

He didn’t want them to change their minds nor did “He” have a mentality of “whoever is ready and willing I will deal with them and whoever isn’t, they are on their own”. He purposely took them on the longer journey in order to properly prepare them for what they will encounter. In my humble opinion, I feel that this was a sign that the journey is more important than the destination. As stated earlier, the destination will not change…the Promised Land isn’t going anywhere. However, those who have the ability to call it home could miss out if they aren’t prepared for the road that lies ahead. In our natural minds, many of us would love to take shortcuts in life. But God knows that this will harm us more than we think it can help.

If you are feeling like your journey is taking long and that it doesn’t seem like things are getting any better, trust that God is in the lead. Trust that He isn’t in a rush, although the sooner the better as we have a duty to Him for the aid of others, and is patient with those who are willing to fully submit to Him. Lastly, trust that He understands what we are going through and has compassion for where we are in our present lives.

Again, if you feel that this course is never-ending or that it’s taking longer than “you think” it should take for you to reach your destination; understand that GOD IS IN CONTROL!. “He” may be saving you from resulting to your old ways when things get too tough for us to handle. Continue to submit and allow “Him” to guide you.

Remember GOD KNOWS! And “He” didn’t just find out..”He” knew it all along! The longer path is actually a blessing in disguise. Let’s appreciate the things that we may not understand as it is all a part of Gods ALREADY PLAN.

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Let the love of God be your path towards His grace and freedom, Amen.

HAVE A WONDERFUL, SAFE, & BLESSED WEEKEND!

Todays Scripture Reference:

  • Colossians 2:6-7

Written & Submitted by:

Dwayne B. Neal – Team N.A.M.E.S.
“Knowledge is power, but ACTION is King!”

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