When You Feel Like Pushing God Away

Kyle Idleman in his book, Not a Fan, talks about a move he made in which he saved the heaviest piece of furniture until last, which was the desk from his office. As he was pushing and pulling the desk with all his might, his 4-year-old son came over and asked if he could help. So together, they started sliding the desk across the floor. His little boy was pushing and grunting as they inched their way along. But after a few minutes, the little fellow stopped pushing, looked at his dad and said, “Dad, you’re in my way.” Then he tried to push the desk all by himself. Of course, it didn’t budge. It turns out that he needed his dad after all. So do we!

Do we, sometimes, do the same thing with our Heavenly Father? In the course of moving our lives along we may think, “God, you’re in my way.” We may think, perhaps, we know best what we need to do and where we need to go. We don’t really need God for that. In fact, we may even think that our faith is getting in the way of our true happiness and our relationship with God is getting in the way of our personal success. That’s what we may think…But is it true?

I think, ever so often, we need to remind ourselves just how much we are dependent on God in personal and practical ways and that our dear Lord has our best interest in mind. God is not in our way—He is the One who makes the way. God’s word to us is this: “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8).  

Rest assured: there is no one who loves you more than God does. You have no greater friend than He is. You can trust the One who says: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

So the next time you feel like pushing God aside because you think you can do this life thing on your own—you may want to rethink that! This is my take on the subject!

Devotedly yours,
Pastor Ron

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