Christian Living
My Way or God's Way?
Jun 3, 2017

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The song "My Way" is a snapshot of how many people view life. They do not want to be told what to do, scoffing at any suggestion of submission. To many people, freedom means doing whatever they want whenever they want—but true champions do not share this view. 

As David neared his coronation as king of Israel, his life was becoming extremely dangerous. King Saul knew David's popularity was growing and begrudged him for it—so much so that he decided he would kill David to end this problem. So Saul set out on a manhunt through the mountains in search of David.

To many people, freedom means doing whatever they want whenever they want—but true champions do not share this view.

Despite being the object of a heated pursuit, David refused to do things his way. Twice David had opportunities to kill Saul, yet he would not do it. Resisting the urging of a traveling companion, David said, "But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord's anointed" (1 Samuel 26:11). 

David knew this was not God's pathway for him to the throne of Israel. He humbly respected Saul, for God had chosen him and anointed him as Israel's king for His divine purpose. So David refused to meddle with God's sovereign plan. There was not a contemptuous bone in his body. 

As true champions, we must realize God is the one who brings victory, and we must fulfill our roles as humble servants, submitting to His plan for our lives. Though we may be tempted to do things our way—especially when we know that God is leading us in a certain direction—we must resist that temptation and trust His plan. Doing things God's way is the only way to go.

Prayer: Lord, help me to follow Your ways and Your plans as You have laid them before me. Give me wisdom to heed Your Word for my good and the good of others. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.  

"Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God" (Psalm 20:7).