WHAT HINDERS YOU IN YOUR WALK WITH GOD?
We face hindrances every day, some of our own making and others not. How we handle them is important to our spiritual well-being. How is it with you?
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
Raking leaves was a never ending chore when I lived in a cedar grove. If I left the toxic cedar leaves on the ground, it meant having a yard full of bare spots. What a hindrance!
Everywhere we turn, we find hindrances. Weeds and drought obstruct the growth of plants and vegetables. Weather may delay our travel plans. Pain and disease hinder our mobility and comfort. Daily problems can affect our emotional well-being.
Our spiritual lives can suffer from hindrances, too. Often they’re of our own making. Our relationship with Jesus Christ is directly affected by the way we treat others and by our obedience, or lack of, to God’s Word.
A song asks, “More of You, Lord.” But when we allow Him to become Lord of our life, we’re already complete in Him—He is our total sufficiency. Instead of asking, “More of You, Lord,” perhaps we should ask that we let nothing keep us from walking with Him. We’re all guilty, however, of allowing hindrances to lead us away from an abiding, obedient relationship with Christ.
Paul the Apostle commended the Christians of Galatia for running the spiritual race well. But he knew they needed to be reminded to stay on course. “You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?” he asked. (Galatians 5:7) Who or what is hindering us from staying the course. Is God at the very center of our lives? Or have we allowed ourselves to set our sights on someone or something other than Him? We know that it takes but seconds to change our course by yielding to temptation and getting out of synch with Him.
Jesus is the best example of staying His course on the task God set before Him. He never wavered. He loved the unlovable with joy and purpose. He faithfully spoke God’s truth. And He willingly went to the cross that we might be reconciled with God.
Lord, cause us to disallow any hindrances to come between our relationship with You. Let nothing keep us from trusting in and obeying You, whether from outside influences or those of our own making. We want to stay the course, vowing every day to abide in Your Word and in the power of Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.