Monday, August 8, 2011

Reliance or compliance?

My family loves to cruise. We've taken a cruise each year for the last several years. The anticipation builds as we draw closer and closer to our trip. When departure day finally arrives, we are almost giddy as we reach the port. We're on cloud 9 when we finally cross over from land onto the ship, knowing the fun and relaxation that lie in store for us.

Maritime law requires that all passengers complete a muster drill. This drill walks us through the procedures we will follow in case of an emergency. They gather us in our assigned meeting place and walk us all up to the deck that contains our lifeboats. As you stand on the deck looking up at the lifeboats, it's a little daunting knowing they are our lifeline if the ship should go down.

While several passengers grumble at the required drill, I have come to appreciate it. It's not just about staying in compliance with the rules, it's relying on the captain's plan to keep me safe. The captain creates a plan specific for this ship and teaches his crew how to carry it out. Their primary goal is to lead us safely out of danger.

How do you see your relationship with God? Do you strive to comply with His word or have you come to rely on it? In this fallen world I know how difficult it can be to stay in compliance with God's instruction. I certainly have days when I feel His example is completely unattainable. I feel overwhelmed by how far away my sinful self is from Him. These are the days when I focus only on complying with His word.

But God doesn't just want us to follow His rules. He wants us to follow His heart. That's when we become reliant on Him. God knows it's hard to live in this day and age, so He wants to help us. When we come to the end of ourselves, we will always find Him. Following His rules come naturally as we follow His heart.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by God's rules? Are you trying to follow them but keep falling short. Take heart, God has a better way! Rely on Him and He will faithfully lead you through...

Be blessed,

“Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” Psalm 86:11


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