My Way or God's Way?


We must resist the temptation to do things our way. Doing things God's way is the only way to go.

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 getting extremely dangerous. King Saul knew David's popularity was growing and he begrudged David 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.

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 had so much respect for God's anointing on Saul to be the king of Israel in the first place that David refused to meddle with God's 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 the temptation may be 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 timing. 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. Please help me to be wise and to be able discern your fulfillment of those plans. 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).


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