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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Have you ever noticed how streams seldom go from point A to point B in a straight line?
It’s not that gravity fails to do its job; it’s just that the flowing water meets varying degrees of resistance as it wends its way to the ocean. In much the same way, have you noticed how you seldom make it from your present stage to your objective or goal on a direct path of progress? The reasons for that are undoubtedly more numerous than even the factors causing the stream to wander. And it’s not as simplistic as just blaming it all on sin. Sin certainly can derail our best-laid plans, but the overall weakness of humanity on the complexity of life has much to say about our advancement as well.

Much has been made over the inconsistencies of King David and his son Solomon, but they both serve as fitting examples of this point. Both were committed to serving God and began their political careers with admirable goals. They chose to make God uppermost in their lives and they were amazingly successful as long as they kept that priority. Your and my falls are probably not as dramatic and certainly not as well publicized as the rulers’, but they too are generally a result of loss of focus. Instead, we should remember there are factors beyond our control which cause delays in reaching our desired goals.

For the idealist, it would be easy to become discouraged when we find ourselves at less than the optimum. And we should never lose that idealism. But it would be unfortunate if we gave up because we don’t reach our own goals, much less God’s goal for us. For unlike us, God is more than patient: “Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance? (Romans 2:4 NIV) Don’t give up. Remember, even the most convoluted stream eventually makes its way to the ocean.