8/14/2015 – Brief Thoughts: Yield signs along the way

“Submit therefore to God.” (James 4:7)

“The bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut.” (Matt 25:10)

Wouldn’t it be so much simpler if God set up stop signs in our lives at every corner, followed by a directional sign to let us know exactly which way to turn? Stop signs and directional signs are easy to comply with because they provide a simple, understandable command. While sometimes He does give us clear direction, more often than not God puts up yield signs which require submitting to His will when we don’t know what that will is. “Submit” is an entirely different game than “stop” or “go in this direction.” A yield sign indicates we have to choose, and choose wisely. Variables not found in clear commands come with yield signs, and that demands we exercise wisdom and discretion. Most importantly it means we have to exercise faith by pressing on in a direction we don’t yet fully comprehend.

The disciple knows God’s way is more often to ask us to yield than to give clear direction, and so he prepares himself by knowing Him as fully as he can through consistent spiritual disciplines and practices. He spends time in His Word, time in meditations, time in prayer, time with other believers, and time fulfilling his mission and purpose—all in the pursuit of knowing his Lord as fully as possible so he can make the best, and most wise, of choices when asked to yield, and then step out in faith. Like the faithful virgins who had their lamps trimmed when the bridegroom came, the disciple engages in the regular maintenance of his faith rather than suffering the consequences of relying upon crisis management when the bridegroom calls. He rejoices when the choices are simple, but is always ready when the task requires him to submit and yield.

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