It isn’t God’s job to follow me.
I have been too quick to expect God to keep my plans, wander along my paths, and deliver on my priorities. You would think I knew what was best. I have been laying the track and expecting God to chug along on my schedule. I noticed this most in how I pray. “God, do this. Bring that. Answer here. Help now. Stay on track” What a train wreck!
If I am really following God than I will listen more and speak less. I will move into the life God has laid for me and not drag God into my expectation. As David was leaving Jerusalem, exiled by his ambitious Son, Zadok the priest brought the ark to David. David told him to return the ark to its place. It wasn’t God’s place to move to David.
Leader, be careful when heading off to the unknown that you don’t take your plans and stick God’s name on it and call it “vision”. Listen more than you speak. Wait more than you walk. Learn before you lead.
“…behold, here I am, let (God) do to me what seems good to him.” – King David (II Sam. 15:24-26)
Did you know…
- Olive trees live between 300-600 years. The oldest is certified to be over 2,000 years old.
- Olive trees only flower after four years and only harvested after 15 years.
- Olive trees must be pruned regularly to encourage fruitfulness.
- Because cultivating the fruit can take so long, olive branches are pictures and offerings of peace and goodwill.
- Olive trees are evergreens.
- Olive oil is produced by pressing the fruit and is noted for its medical, nutritional, cosmetic, and fragrant benefits.
- Olive trees are grafted to combine the established root system of older trees with the fruitfulness of younger trees.
Can you make the connections?
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever. – Psalm 52:8