…by Randy Parish
Have you seen the new Volkswagen commercial that shows different people singing what they actually believe to be the lyrics of the Elton John song, Rocket Man? The premise is, with the new VW audio, they can clearly hear what the lyrics actually are and they have a “lightbulb” moment. Here is the clip if you missed it. It’s a trivial example, but that’s the kind of crazy things smart people believe. We assume we know, right? We go for years singing the wrong lyrics. We create our own sense of false reality.
When it comes to faith, we are no different. We have things we believe and I am sure we have our reasons, but we probably couldn’t be sure where or how they started. We just believe them to be true.
Our Sunday teaching was on the topic of “It must have been God’s will”. We hear those words thrown around particularly in times of tragedy. Can we really use these words to describe what happened on 9/11? More recently, can we use it with the recent news coming out of Penn State university? It becomes something that provides a blanket excuse for things that makes no sense to us.
This broken world gives us the story of competing wills. There is God’s will and there is our own competing will. Our plan vs. His plan. I use the word competing because we want to find out what God’s will is then compare that to what we want, and then make our choice. That could happen. What we can’t see is the big picture. We can’t see the big vision for what God has for our lives. We see something narrow focused and decide, no thanks, I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing. Then it goes bad, and we stumble or fall. When we are laying there bruised and bloodied by life we ask God, how could you let this happen?
People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord. Proverbs 19:3
Our realization has to come when we decide what choice we are going to make. Are we going to continue and make our own choices or are we going to go all in and trust God to lead us down the path He has prepared for us? How long are we going to sing the wrong lyrics?