Are You On The Right Side?

25 Jan

“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”  ~ Abraham Lincoln

How many times do people pray that God be on their side?  I think to myself, “How arrogant.”  We should not hope for God to be on our side.  We should hope that we are always on God’s side.  If we are walking with Him, we will not have to worry.  It is when we walk off on our own and hope or pray (or expect) that God is party to our whims and wishes that we get into deep, deep trouble.

It might seem like a matter of semantics to you; however, there is a radical difference between being on God’s side or God being on our side.  When we attempt to be on God’s side, we do all that we can to view the world the way God views the world, to choose the actions that God would want us to do, to think and feel the way God would want us to think and feel.  When we walk on God’s side, in short, we are viewing the world through the eyes of God.

When we view the world through God’s eyes, we see things that we would otherwise ignore.  We see the plight of others and can consider ways to help them.  We see the beauty of nature all around us and can thank God for creating all that surrounds us.  We see the person who needs to be loved, the one who needs to be forgiven, the one from who we should seek forgiveness.  We see things in such clarity that God not only becomes more visible to us but His presence becomes second nature to us.

Why do you do the things that you do?  Do you think about the ramifications of your choices?  Do you ask God for direction before choosing?  If you walk on God’s side, you would do all of this constantly throughout the day.

FAITH ACTION:  Consider what you need to do today.  Ask yourself if you are doing it because you want to do it or because it is what God is asking of you.