Fireman or Praying Man?

images1ZTX9H3LTrust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

What is the first thing you do when something negative happens? Perhaps a family member has just come down with an illness. Perhaps there is a red light on the instrument panel in your car signaling that something is wrong. Do you pause and pray for discernment or do you immediately turn on the auto pilot switch and scurry around to try to fix things?

God’s solution may very well be for us to make a doctors appointment or to take the car to a mechanic but we need to leave room for Him to make that decision. I think many times we react to situations based on how we have handled similar situations in the past. Even if you had an identical scenario two years ago, don’t get too comfortable with a blanket response. This time it may involve a spiritual battle that necessitates that you handle the situation differently.

One prime example comes to mind of a battle that required a different approach. In previous battles, the Israelites were victorious by conquering their enemies with swords. In the account of Joshua in Jericho, the weaponry was very unusual. He was instructed by God to march around the wall for seven days and on the seventh day to shout. It may have appeared illogical to Joshua but he had walked with God long enough to know that he did not have to reason through it…he was to merely respond in obedience. As he responded in obedience victory was delivered into his hands.


Lord, I don’t want to be in frantic pursuit of making decisions apart from bathing it in prayer in order to discern Your good and perfect will. Help me to follow your lead in being proactive as opposed to being reactive.

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