When the weather very hot a few weeks ago, I wanted to make sure my dog Hattie didn’t get too hot and so gave in and bought her one of those doggy paddling pools so she could be outside but be refreshed by some nice water in the sun. She loves water and is always very happy to have a bath after a muddy walk so I thought it was a no brainer and got one.
At first, I only filled it a little bit to test it out and see how she got on. I put her in it, she waited a few seconds and then got out and we repeated this many times! And I was like “what is wrong with you? This is fun! This isn’t a punishment. I’m doing this because I love you and want to keep you safe and well and for you to enjoy being outside in the lovely weather.
It made me think about God, and how much God loves us and how much he wants the best for us and how sometimes, we are little bit like Hattie and don’t understand that what he is encouraging us to do is best for our lives and will bring fulfilment. We go our own way and we do our own thing and God is like “I am a good God! I want good things for you! I sent Jesus that you might have life in all its fullness, and so often you settle for second rate or things that won’t be helpful for you”. We must do his head in because he has made it so easy for us to live with him and be led and guided by him to streams of living waters.
Why is it that we are so prone at times to going our own way? I decided to come up with a list of things so I could see if any of these were true in any areas of my life. Why do we go our own way?
- Consciously or subconsciously we need to be in control and make our own decisions
- We drift into it – it isn’t an outright decision, but we find we’re doing something or are somewhere where we didn’t intend
- The unhelpful influence of others
- People around us are doing it or it has been normalized by society – it’s ok for them
- We refuse to see that it is wrong and think we know best – what does God know?
- We are sinful human beings
It may be a completely different reason, but today I want to encourage us to spend some time reflecting on 2 things.
- God is good and wants the best for you. Spend some time reading Psalm 100 and let that begin to shape our thinking and our prayers
- Ask god to show us the areas we have gone our own way in, that aren’t his best way, or ways that we have drifted and lost our passion and enthusiasm. When he revelas them to us, ask him to forgive us and empower us to go his way. It may be that we want to tell someone that we trust and ask them to pray for us in this too.
Always remember that God isn’t waiting to condemn us or shout at us, but he wants the best for us and to help us to move on in the areas we have gone astray in and live our best lives with him and for him. God is for you and wants the best for you.