One day a constable found a body floating in the river that flowed through his little village. The discovery caused great sadness and puzzlement. When no one arrived to claim the body, the villagers dutifully donated materials to construct a coffin and conducted a funeral. It was the least they could do. A week later, however, a villager found another body in the river, and then another, and another, and so on. After a month of this, the village was just plain worn out by all the coffin construction and funerals. So one day, the constable decided to hike upstream to see what was going on. After following the river two miles into the foothills, the constable found a small footbridge washed out. Footprints indicated that travelers had been trying to get across the river without the bridge and had been swept away by the current. The next day the villagers trooped up the trail to construct a new footbridge and solved the problem for a generation.
Selah! Think about what would happen of we did not have the triune God in our life. Too often we don't appreciate the difference. Whether it is Jesus, God himself, or the Holy Spirit. We would be stuck with raising sheep farms for sacrifices to keep up with our sinful nature. We would have no dynamic dunamis (doo'-nam-is) power to do powerful deeds. God wants us to get by through relying on and in him. If we continue down our path, we will end up like the bodies in the river. It is Jesus' way or the high way. There is no middle, or fine line. As a child and young adult we tend to do things the hard way. We fight our parents instructions, making it difficult to submit to their rules which may seem ridiculous to us. However, when we reach maturation, we realize there was a reason. Just like God! We need to reach for that period of maturation and stop fighting His Will. Imagine, Jesus as the villagers that cared enough to stop seeing people
die and become The solution. Why? So we can have a
eternal relationship with the Father.
Today, submit to God's Will in that area of your life you are struggling and trying to control yourself. Truth be told if your way worked, you would not be in the situation you are in now.