My friend, may I ask you a question? Did you know that there’s always the chance that too much planning may get you into trouble; and there’s also the real danger that overcomplicating the simple can do even more harm especially when it comes to how you live your faith life?
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Although I often opt for less detail over more, I know, deep down, that there are appropriate times for detail. For example, Holly and I are presently planning a vacation. We’ll be taking the old travel trailer, hitching it up to the truck and driving north. That sounds simple; in some sense it is. Once the rig is hitched and we’re on the road we’ll get to our destination in a few hours. However, if that were all there was to taking a vacation trip, we wouldn’t need weeks to prepare. There are batteries to recharge, food to stock, menus to plan, clothing to stow, and a long list of similar details that, unless addressed in some detail, the trip my be a failure. It’s a matter of balancing details with broader thinking. There’s always the chance that a lack of planning may get you into trouble; but there’s also the real danger that overcomplicating the simple can do even more harm. Over plan a trip like this and you take out some of the fun and adventure.
How much detail do you apply to your religious life? How about your prayer life? Is that scheduled? Could it be that your spiritual life has become complicated and burdened with “do’s and don’ts” as well as “whens and wheres?” How complicated does God want you to make your religion? Here’s a comment from over 60 years ago by author and preach- er A.W. Tozer: “. . . we are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found among us. In its stead are programs, methods, organizations and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart. . . . If we would find God amid all the religious externals, we must first deter- mine to find Him, and then proceed in the way of simplicity.” (–A.W. Tozer)
I believe that God is the master of knowing when to make things simple and when to make them complicated. In Old Testament times God often chose the complicated to impress on His people that by heeding times, schedules and long lists of preparatory externals they would have an easier time staying firm in their faith. These externals pointed to a simpler time when the Savior would come and all would then be accomplished. Then God would convert the complicated into the simple. Just believe in Christ and walk in faith and the externals were no longer necessary. In that way His plan is like Holly’s and my plan to both heed the details while embracing the broader picture. So it is with our faith walk. The time for heeding the details is past, the time for living the broader picture is here. Don’t complicate the simple by embracing the details of religion over the broader picture of faith, hope and love founded in a deep love for your Savior Jesus Christ. The time for planning our faith is past, now we can only live it.
We pray. Heavenly Father, Your Word is given to us to be understood and simply to be applied to our lives. We thank you Lord that You have revealed Yourself to us through Your Son Jesus Christ in ways that are clear and simply loving. Forgive us Father when we overcomplicate our worship and service to You be overdoing and under-living our lives for the sake of Jesus Christ. In Jesus Name. Amen!
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