Friday, June 19, 2015

Jeremiah 10:23 -- On Letting God Be the Boss

"O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps."
Jeremiah 10:23

Sometimes it is hard to hear a lesson like this.  We rarely want to believe that anyone knows better than we do, *especially* about how to run our lives.  "You're not the boss of me!" we say.  And yet, on the other hand, we make pretty big messes of our lives when we go it alone.  We trap ourselves in lies, in addictions, in flimsy prison bars that we treat like iron... "that's the way I am."  And often the "way we are" really stinks.  We just accept the fact that we are mean, or addicted, or out of control.  We claim that we can't choose our emotions or desires... that instead we are slaves to them.
God offers a way to escape from the way we are, and shows us "a more excellent way" (1 Corinthians 12:31.  He shows us that we can be so much more than we are now.  That we don't have to be trapped by habits or beliefs or desires that are dragging us down and making us unhappy.  We can follow his way, and be better and happier, and become better selves than we ever could dream on our own.
Today, let's allow God to be the boss of us.  Let's accept his help and his guidance, and take advantage of the chance to overcome our personal limitations through his grace.  Let's stop claiming that who we are is written in stone, and allow God to reshape us into something even better.

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