Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Get Out Of The Way And Follow The Way

Gospel recording artist, Yolanda Adams makes some of the most meaningful, beautiful, popular Contemporary Christian music around today. My personal favorite is the song entitled Step Aside. The whole idea of the song is that God has everything under control and instead of us interfering; we should simply "step aside" and allow God to work everything out in His time in His way.

It’s really easy for me to listen to the lyrics as they minister to my sprit. I even enjoy singing along. However, when it’s time to apply the lyrics and principles Ms. Adams sings about it’s not always so simple and enjoyable anymore. If you are anything like me, you like to plan ahead. You pray and hope for the best but there’s that small part inside of you that wants to prepare for the worst. You know what God said and what He is able to do but at times you find yourself drafting up a contingency plan just in case God does not answer your prayer as you see fit. This is not the will of the Father. God wants us to fully rely on Him and trust that He knows what’s best for us. His plans for us are good and not of evil.

As I read and meditated on Psalm 46, the very first verse spoke to my spirit. It reads: God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (NIV). What does this mean? He is our refuge; our safe place. We can hide ourselves in Him and no one or nothing can touch us. No words can harm us. No ill thoughts can concern us - not even those of our own. Every lie and every scheme that the enemy has concocted will never prosper because God protects us. He is our refuge.

He is our strength. Everything that we are not mentally, physically, emotionally or even financially able to handle – He will handle it for us. All we have to do is step aside and be shielded and protected. This fight is not our fight. We don’t know the enemy’s next move but God does. God is omniscient; He sees all and knows all. Why would we go into a battle blindly that was won over 2000 years ago when we are already victorious in Christ Jesus?

He is an ever-present help in trouble. Because He is an ever-present help that means that there is no reason to worry about how we are going to handle this situation or that situation because we are not it alone. God is with us. And if God is for us, who could be against us? Not only is He with us but He is an “ever-present” help. That means that He won’t run out when the going gets tough. He won’t be there one minute and gone the next. He is in it for the long haul. Whether we want His help or not- He is there.

But why wouldn’t we want His help? That’s easy; we as people like to take matters into our own hands. When we don’t acknowledge God first and wait for His instruction, we end up getting in the way instead of following The Way and interfering with God’s way. Then it takes longer for our change to come because God has to fix the mess we created before He is able to fix the original problem.

As the songwriter says, "while we’re sitting there trying to figure it out Jesus has already worked it out". Jesus is the way the truth and the life. So we need to get out of the way, step aside and follow The Way.

Shanita Waters
Author of By His Stripes We Are Healed
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1 comment:

GOD'S LADIE said...

Amen! My, how things get so messed up when we get in the way and try to do things "our" way. Who do we think we are? Thanks for reminding us that GOD's way is the only way. To step aside and let HIM lead the way.