Thursday, July 13, 2017

Psalms for Summer - Day 13

The Crowd

Psalm 1:1 - 2 (King James Version)

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Matthew 7:13 (King James Version)
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

You can never achieve greatness by following the crowd.  You may never do what God intended you to do if you follow the crowd.  It is easy to go the way of the crowd.  The momentum seems to always go in the same direction of the crowd, so it seems more fun to go with the crowd.  We all feel the safety in numbers.  But often what God intended for us is not what the crowd is doing. We are all unique.  The plans for our life was made by God before we were born.  We can miss God by trying to do what others are doing or by trying to do what everyone else is doing.

During the 2000 Olympics, the track star, Michael Johnson was interviewed by a TV network sports commentator.  The commentator asked Michael Johnson about his unorthodox running style.  As you may know Michael Johnson’s runs with his upper body almost perpendicular to the ground.  Most runners were taught that in order for a runner to win a sprint, they should have to lean forward in order to break the air resistance.  Mr. Johnson comment was that he knew that his style was different and that he knew he was not suppose to win races with his style.  He went on to say that if he ran like everyone else, then he would be in the back of the race with everyone else, instead of in front winning the race, which he has done several times in two Olympics. 

How often, we want to do things the way others are doing it. How often do we seek the counsel of the ungodly.   We want to follow  what appears to be the known patterns to success.  Christians should receive their success from following God and not from following the crowd.   We may look funny at times, we may get talked about and sometimes we will be laughed at.  But the end result is that when we do it God’s way, we will win and the world will ask us; how did we do it?

Whatever you do in life, seek God first.  Follow His plans for you and don’t give in to the pressure of the crowd.  The way of the world is on the wide path that leads to destruction and failure. The way of God is a straight and narrow way.   We can find that path when we go to God and seek his direction for our life.   When we follow God and don’t quit, we can achieve blessings in every area of our life.

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