Are You Pushing Your Car?

In his book, Come Thirsty, Max Lucado asks us to imagine you were driving down the road, and all of the sudden you came into a town where you saw all of the people pushing their cars instead of driving them. And what’s more, is that they all have their engines running. We would look at these people as downright CRAZY!!! We would roll down our windows and scream at them, “Hello!!  Don’t you know you could just jump in and press that pedal down on the floor?”  

Guess what? In our lives we do the same thing! When making decisions, going through difficult situations, or really just trying to get through any day, we are, in a sense, pushing our cars rather than relying on the engine and power at our disposal. 

In God’s Word today we look at two passages that compare and contrast two different ways to go through our lives. Let’s look at these together. 

GOD’S WORD

5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. - Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the LORD! - Isaiah 31:1 (ESV)

These passages show us two different ways to live our lives. We can trust in the Lord, relying on Him for everything, “with all our hearts”. Or we can rely on the things of this world and our own strength and understanding to get us through life. Both of these are valid ways to walk through life, but we are told in these passages that they have two very different outcomes.  

In Proverbs, we are promised that when we trust in God and rely on Him first and foremost He will “make straight your paths.” God will guide you in your decisions; He will comfort you and guide you towards good decisions when you’re hurting and prone to make poor decisions; and He will help you to stay in His will daily.

We see something very different in the words of Isaiah. We see the word “woe” when talking about people who rely on their own strength and the things of this world to get them through life. “Woe” is one of the scariest words in the Bible. It is a word of judgment that signifies impending doom, condemnation or the wrath of God. So, if Isaiah is saying “Woe” to those who are relying on themselves and the things of this world, instead of God, to get through this life, he is telling us that the outcome of that choice is not going to be a good one! 

So, we have a choice to make! And it’s a very important choice with very serious ramifications!

APPLY THE WORD

Take a moment and reflect on your life right now. Are you feeling irritated all the time? Are you not able to control your temper? Do you feel like your life is out of control or that God is far, far away from you as you try to live? Do you feel stressed with every decision you’re faced with and fearful that you’re going to make the wrong decision?  

These are all clues that we are pushing our cars instead of depending on the One who has the power and knowledge to truly guide and direct our lives the way He wants them to go, not to mention the fact that the best person you could ever rely on to get you through life is the One who loves you so much He was willing to die for you so you could have access to Him in such an intimate way as to go to him for EVERY SINGLE SITUATION you will ever face!  

PRAY

Before you climb out of bed, ask God into every area of your life, then go to the car, get in, and buckle up for the ride of your life!