Long way around? I like shortcuts; unfortunately, sometimes they don’t work out the way I planned. Shortcuts can be fun and they may save you time, at times. The problem with shortcuts is that they have a compromising nature about them. Here’s the compromise. Perhaps nine times out of ten they work. It’s that tenth time that bites though.
Think about it. We need to be very careful when it comes to the daily temptations that the devil, the world and our own flesh will throw at us. We may be looking at shortcuts.
God’s Word tells us: “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting 40 days and 40 nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” (Matthew 4:1-11).
We may be tempted to take a shortcut when it comes to getting things done fast, but abiding temptation? We can do it our way, the shortcut, plowing through and hoping for the best, or God’s way, the long way around, slowing down and prayerfully calculating the consequences of our actions. The first is likely to bite, the second is likely to bless when we take the long way around.
“Lord, Let us choose your way and timing--always the best way and timing. Father, forgive me for the times I have not been willing to wait and do things the right way, but have taken a shortcut. Help me be willing to wait. Teach me to trust You more and to choose Your way and Your time. In Jesus name. Amen.”
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