Proverbs 16:18-25 (KJV)

18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
20 He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.
21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.
22 Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it: but the instruction of fools is folly.
23 The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips.
24 Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.
25There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

A popular song from the late 1960s talks about someone looking back over his life and proudly proclaiming he did it his way.

Five different times, the unidentified person expresses self-satisfaction about not answering to anyone about his lifestyle or choices.

Though it’s a nice song, the song’s theme is the exact opposite of how God has called believers to live.

As Christ-followers, we are to submit to the Lord and live according to His plan.

How do we live God’s way?

By . . .

• Giving Him our attention. We’re to set aside our agendas and focus instead on our relationship with God and the things that please Him.

• Following His directions. We must obey any steps He has already revealed for our situation. Being confident God will answer, we should continue to ask what the subsequent steps are (Prov. 3:5-6). This requires that we listen attentively to His Word and heed His instructions.

• Accepting God’s provision as adequate. The Lord takes full responsibility for the life that is committed to Him, and He will provide everything we will need for following His instructions. We are to base all of our actions and decisions on this truth(Phil. 4:13), even when our feelings say we have insufficient resources or skills.

What do your choices reveal—that you have chosen to walk God’s way, or that you are singing a song of prideful independence? Consider whether you’ve erected a “hands off” sign over certain areas of your life.

It’s not too late to change your tune to “I Did It God’s Way.”

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