Written by: Peter Denby, Jr.

Why is it that we often try to tell God what to do? The other day I was listening to an interview with Jack Holiday of Christian radio station KSBJ 89.3 FM in Houston, TX. Jack was asked to tell his story. Jack started by telling of the days when he needed to make the decision to stop working for a contemporary station and start working in Christian music. Later when Jack was working at a Christian station that closed down in Dallas, he was hired to bring Christian music to the virgin market of Houston. Jack said that he had no experience with trying to organize a radio station but the backers had faith in him and he had faith in God. Jack spoke of how he would get up in the morning and ask God what He had in store for him that day. He let God lead. Today KSBJ is Houston's BIGGEST Christian station covering over 40,000 square miles. Jack and the rest of the staff that I heard on that station have it together. They attribute the success to God not Jack. Jack was God's servant.
I heard someone else put it a little differently. They said that they thought that the bumper sticker that says that
"God is my co-pilot" should say "God is my pilot" or "I am God's co-pilot". We need to let God drive where He wants us to go. (Please continue to physically pilot your automobile!) Just as with my reminder we need to use common sense, which granted is not so common anymore. If we could know everything we could lead our own way. 1 Corinthians 13:9a says For we know in part,. While this is specifically referring to the prophecies it could also apply to our everyday walk with and for God.

Look at Proverbs 3:5-6. It tells us to trust not in your own understanding. It also tells us if we seek Him He will direct our paths. Much the same way that police helicopters direct the paths of those who are pursuing suspects or rescuers as they are trying to get to an injured person in the wilderness. Fire officials use the same idea with fire towers. God can see "over the .trees" that we look only at the trunks of. No wonder we get ourselves lost. It is also important to remember that we SHOULD never go out without a map when we are traveling in unknown areas. We have access to the best road maps available. They are called the Bible. We have history to learn from. We have enough information to teach us what we need to do.

One of our biggest weaknesses is that we all want to do it our way. Even Burger King tells us "Have it your way". They are willing to go a little further to get you in. Why? The reason that they are willing to say that they go further to assist you is, they know that is what you want. Commercials today are a reflection of what the target audience wants. When we see a burger giant say "Have it your way" then obviously we want it. Having said that, I would like to remind you that we should never settle just for what is available if we want (within reason) or need otherwise.

If you will, let me chase the rabbit to the woodshed and back as they say. Being a peacemaker does NOT require us to lay down and accept poor service and poor corporate attitude. OK with the rabbit out of the way, we need to remember the point made by the rabbit. It is very easy to get side tracked. Or to wander off the trail into the woods. We are not like the horses that are used for plowing and pulling buggies. They have blinders on so that they go straight. The reason that they have these on is so that they only see those things that are ahead of them thus they do not get distracted. Any parents will tell you that young kids have a short attention span. Sometimes we as adults act as if we are returning to that age. We have a short attention span when it comes to God's Word. We are not willing to wait for God's answer and we forget to go to His Word for answers. We also forget that we are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to "pray without ceasing". Communication with God is vital. God does want to hear from us BUT we need to talk with Him much more than He wants to talk with us. We need to look to Him the way we would our earthly father. We need to look to Him for guidance and wisdom. We also need to accept His correction. His 'spanking' may actually be more painful than a physical one. But both are for the same reason. They are to get you back on the right path. Remember that God's correction is so that we can grow in God and so that we can live eternally with Him in Heaven when we die. I would also like for you to remember, as we close, that there are two things that will always be around to get you. They are DEATH and TAXES. Death can be solved through Jesus Christ. Taxes can be voted on. (Good luck.) If you do not know Jesus Christ as your eternal leader and guide then write to us or talk with a Christian for the answers.