“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” (Ps. 37:7 NIV)
I loved my father very, much. I was not, however, always happy with him, and every once in a while, I must admit I was actually ashamed of his actions …
I suppose that most teenagers go through similar phases, but even now, 45 years later, I have to say that he did give me good reason for my embarrassment. You see, my dad often bragged that no policeman would ever stop him. He would tear down the road at 50-100 km/h over the speed limit, all the while laughing that the police would never be able to catch him!
The amazing things were that he never caused an accident, and he never actually got caught! Nonetheless, I must admit that I often found myself afraid to drive with him…
This was a thrill for my dad. This type of dangerous living brought him some kind of delight. I would so much have preferred that he follow the advice of King David and take his delight in the Lord: “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” (Psalms 37:3-6 NIV)
Our Heavenly Father is always with us. He will always help us. Rather than taking delight in driving dangerously and breaking the law, we can take delight in the Lord. We don’t need the thrills of high speed chases, for God will give us the true desires of our hearts. We can trust Him for our adventure. And believe me, a life that is totally dependent upon the Lord will always be filled with all the adventure any heart could desire!
Hungering for adventure? Why not take delight in the Lord? Submit yourself completely to Him, then be prepared to sit back and experience true adventure!
In His love,
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