Have you ever watched the water of the Ohio River or just a stream flow past you? The water just moves effortlessly in the path it is meant to go.
If you have ever tried to go against the flow of the water, you also know how hard it is to work against the natural way the water is supposed to go. You have to fight the current and struggle to go “upstream.”
Life is like that, too. If we follow God’s flow (rules) that He wants us to follow, we will get along much better, find life easier, and be happier than if we try to go on our own without God’s help and guidance.
Matthew 11:28-29 is a much loved and often quoted passage from the Bible: “Come to Me, all you who labor (work) and are heavy laden (tired, stressed), and I will give you rest. Take My yoke (guidance) upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
I found an acronym for the word FLOW that I try to always remember every day, so I follow God’s natural flow in my own life. It is:
F: FAITH. We always must remember to have faith in God, and that He will see us through whatever happens.
L: LOVE. God tells us to love Him first and foremost and then our neighbors as ourselves. Love is so important. Love God, people and yourself, too.
OW: OBEY GOD’S WORD. God gave us the Bible to help us know what to do in every situation. The better we can follow it, the better our lives will be. Read it and try to do what it says as much as possible. It is God’s textbook, written in love, for us all to have from Him.
So have FAITH, LOVE and OBEY GOD’s WORD — GO WITH THE FLOW!
Don’t try to go against the laws of God and fight your own battles. Go with God and His guidelines, and let Him help and guide you along your own path of life. It is so much easier to follow Him than try to go through life on your own and by yourself against the FLOW.
Let’s say a prayer together. Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for giving us the guidelines we need to live productive lives. Help us to remember to believe in You and have faith, to pray and read Your Word, and to love all people. We know that is the way You want us to live our lives. Thank you for giving Your life for us, so that we might have our sins forgiven when we do mess us. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Ann Moody is coordinator of Christian education for First Presbyterian Church of Gallipolis.