ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL SERIES THIS WEEK (October 15th) The Book of Proverbs provides one of the best reads in the universe on how to "read people". The Scriptures teach that we should obtain DISCRETION! We are looking at the two types of "wise"
THE WORLD WOULD BE MUCH BETTER OFF IF…
…we could learn to stay in our lane!
When I drive from one place to another, I need to give my overwhelming attention to the lane I’m in! What is the automobile doing in front of me? Is it braking? Is it accelerating? Is it sliding? Is it stopped? If I don’t know what is happening right in front of me, then I am likely to be in an accident pretty soon. True, we need to be aware of the traffic in other lanes, the signs and people on the sidewalks, and even the general scenery. BUT, our success is almost entirely based on focusing on what is happening in our own lane!
But what are most people doing these days? They are obsessed with managing everyone else’s lane. Biblically, God sets up and provides us instructions on how to perform our duties in the roles given to us. All of us have more than one lane to be responsible for in life. Men may have roles including Husband, Father, or Boss. Ladies may have roles including Wife, Mother, or Boss. Perhaps you have a role as an employee, or a magistrate, or a son or daughter? Whatever the lane is that we have to drive in, it is most important that we stay in that lane alone! Husbands shouldn’t be negligent to their Scriptural duties because, “The wife isn’t doing her (driving) job!” Employees aren’t excused from their duties because of a bad boss. Children are to give honor and obedience to their parents. In other words, WE ARE TO STAY IN OUR LANE! Let God deal with the people that aren’t where they should be.
When the car speeds past me going 120 mph, I’m not to chase it down and tell the driver to, “Slow down!” I’m to keep obeying the speed limit and let the LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER deal with them! If all of us Believers would stay in our designated roles or “lanes”, we’d do much better! And maybe, we would actually do a better job of influencing the “lane changers” to also stay in the right position!
Be accountable to God for your actions…not another’s! Stay in the place He wants you. You’ll not regret it. And God’s goodness will impact the others around us!