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“The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Psalm 37:23
Imagine your life like a big vessel, and you have 2 things to fit into this vessel of your life: eggs and rice.
Q: If you want all of the eggs and all the rice to fit, which do you put in first?
A: You put the eggs in first and let the rice fill around.
So if you have an eternal perspective, and we put the eggs in first (eggs are the things that have eternal weight and glory – the Word of God and the souls of men) and let the other things fill around them, somehow in His sovereignty and in His providence, … [“seek first the Kingdom of God”] all these things will be added unto you. But if we fill our life, which I often do, with all of the rice and then try to put in the eggs, there’s going to be some eggs that don’t fit. And if those eggs represent the Word of God and the souls of men [ie: loving people, being available, being interruptable, doing the things we feel the Lord calling us to do like serving in our elementary school or praying consistently, and I think it’s clear in scripture he has called us to intimacy with Him], if we do those things first and let the other things fill around… then in some miraculous, sweet, glorious way, He makes it all work. I can’t explain His supernatural ways, but I’ve really found that it is life-giving, and it’s really sweet how He sifts the little rices into cracks.
Psalm 37:1-11: We discussed the contrast between:
- Wicked and righteous
- Fret and faith
- His job and our job
Rules apart from relationship lead to rebellion. Rules in the context of a healthy, holy, loving relationship … we call that instruction, kindness, goodness.