My friend, may I ask you a question? How willful are you? Have you confronted times in your life when your will just slips away because God blocks your path?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Years ago my friends and I set out on a mission to discover whatever lay beyond the boundaries of our summertime wandering. On this particular day we decided to cross the barbed wire fence at the border of the farmland that surrounded our subdivision and keep walking. Eventually we came to an old shed near a farmstead that looked abandoned. Peering into the window we saw an old car with a tarp thrown over it. That was like an invitation to a bunch of 13-year old boys looking for adventure. “Try the door? Maybe it isn’t locked?” I did and found out that it was bolted. There was no getting in through the door without a key. One of my buddies then asked the obvious question. “How about the window? That didn’t seem locked.” We all knew that would mean breaking in. We looked at each other and shook our heads. “Nope! We’d better get out of here.” Suddenly we felt like the trespassers we were. If the door had been open, we would have felt more comfortable, but it was locked.
For some reason an unlocked door seemed like an invitation, where an open window did not. Our adventure came to a quick conclusion as we headed home, satisfied that it was the better choice. That locked door surrendered our mission, and we seemed comfortable with that.
Here’s a thought: When God bolts the door, don't try to get in through the window. The will of God never will lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you. (Unknown)
I’ve often thought about that old shed over the years and how something as simple as a locked door kept us boys from getting into trouble. Our will prior to discovering that old shed was to explore, be daring and get away with whatever we could. When the door would not budge our will wavered. We could have easily gotten in through the window; perhaps even without breaking anything or leaving a trace of our having been there at all. But that door was bolted for a reason; it was telling us that we really didn’t belong there. We were trespassing and knew it. Walking in seemed like an invitation, whereas climbing in through the window seemed forbidden. We surrendered to a better judgment and sought safer ground. Often God secures you and I in the same manner. He gives us the freedom to wander, even to trespass where we don’t belong. We can climb into a window of hurt and regret, and it’s often easy to do it. Yet, when we know that in so doing God’s grace may leave us, we stop and regard the bolted door with mysterious caution. Surrendering our will to his at this point may not be easy, but thank God his grace has a powerful pull over our willfulness. He says “follow” and the best choice is to change our course.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for your pure and magnificent grace and your willingness to block our willfulness when we wander from a righteous path. Forgive us Lord when we in our willfulness put ourselves in jeopardy of falling from grace and into the hands of the evil one. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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