June 10, 2018
Have you ever made a decision to do something, and somewhere along the way someone or something made you do a one-eighty? Did it ever make you wonder why God would allow you to start that journey in the first place?
The simple fact is this: We are meant to learn a lot from the journeys we take. It seems like every trip presents a different opportunity to grow, learn, and evolve. Some even believe that the journey is almost always more important than the destination. Even journeys that end up at a dead end or those, which end up as a mistake, can be used by God for our good and for the good of others. This is definitely the case when we look at some of the key stories in the Scriptures. For example: When Paul set out on his trip to Damascus to put a stop to this Christian movement, he thought he was doing the right thing. But somewhere along the journey, he had an experience that completely changed the course and direction of his life. God used his destination and the people there to redirect his life and his passions and change history.
What is your current journey telling you? Are there people and circumstances in your life that seem to be telling you to consider changing course or in spite of those road-signs will you stubbornly press on? Your receptivity to God’s redirection may change the course of history…at least your history.
Questions to ponder:
· What do you think was the main point of Matt’s sermon?
· If God knew Paul was headed in the wrong direction (spiritually) why do you think He did not intervene sooner?
· How do I know (without being knocked off my horse) when I am headed in the wrong direction?
· How does knowing this affect your relationship with God and those around you?
1. What does this say about God?
2. What does this say about me?
3. What does this say about how God wants me to be?
Do something about it:
Consider the journey you are currently on. Are there components and opportunities within that journey that draw you closer to God? Are there opportunities on that journey to draw others closer? Have there been people and warning signs along the way that have been alerting you to change direction? Pray your direction and seek counsel from those you know who have a good relationship with God. If your circumstances and the counsel of those you respect tell you to change directions, don’t be afraid to change course mid-journey. Stubbornly refuse to be stubborn, and be open to the change that God has in mind for you.
Acts 9; Rom. 8:28; Matt. 7:7-11; Psalms 119:105; Proverbs 3:5,6; Proverbs 11:14