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LIFE ON THE RIVER   Leave a comment

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.

(Proverbs 3:5)1

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Let’s take a trip back to yesteryear.  I want you to picture yourself on a 19th century riverboat, a paddle wheeler or a sternwheeler.  You are not a passenger, but a member of the crew and this riverboat is plodding its way down a winding narrow river.  Your job, as the crew member, is to stoke the boiler by shoveling coal or throwing logs into the firebox.  Your workplace is a dark hole, lit only by the light of the flames from the fire.

Above you, let’s say fifty feet or so, is a pilot who knows the river like the back of his hand.  He’s had years of experience navigating the turns, fighting the currents and dodging the shoals that are characteristic of this river.  How smart do you think it would be for you to periodically shout instructions up to the pilothouse on how to steer the boat?  Remember, you are fifty feet below the pilothouse, probably six feet below the water level and in a dimly lit cramped and hot room.  And, you probably have no experience navigating this, or any other river.

Trying to navigate through life by yourself, without the help of the Holy Spirit, is very similar to the picture described above.  The book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon  as  a practical guide to living and Proverbs 3 goes on to say  “Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight” (3:6)1. He will make your paths, not path, but paths straight.  How much more practical can you get?

Left to our own human way of trying to make decisions, we’d make a mess of things.  Simply because we don’t possess the wisdom or the ability needed to look at life from all sides and make the right choices.  Sure, once in a while we may get lucky and make a good choice.  But in the things that really matter, do we know up from down, right from left?

As in the pilot’s position described above, God is much higher than we are and has a better view of our river.  After all, He made the river.  He is the wisdom that we need to avoid the sandbars and dangerous currents in our lives.  Our job is to “stoke” the boiler, not try to “navigate” the river.  Our job is to put our faith in the Pilot high above us and let Him do His job.

So the next time you are faced with a critical decision, don’t try to steer your riverboat by yourself.  Look up to Jesus Christ who is high above you and ask Him to give you direction.  He’s been down the river many times and from His vantage point, He has a much better view.

J. Boudreaux

Psalms 32: 8-11

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1http://www.bible.org/netbible/pro3.htm

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