How does the plight of a lost fly relate to us?
[Steve Myers] The other day I was watching a fly that was in our living room. It was flying around and it kept going toward the patio door and flying right into the window. Have you ever noticed a fly in your house doing that? This seems to be the season for flies. And that fly would keep pounding itself against the windowpane over and over again. And then it would buzz into the corner and it would fly around there and it would try to get through that pane of glass to no avail. It could not get through the window. It would come off that window once in a while, fly around the room, wham, right back into that same window over and over again and it couldn’t get out. So I finally opened the door and tried to shoo that fly out. And you know how difficult it is to get a fly out. Maybe you’ve had a fly in your car and you just cannot get that thing out no matter what. And so that fly would fly back around and swirl around and whack right back into that window again.
And it reminded me of a spiritual principle that maybe we face in our lives because sometimes we’re flying around in our life and we’re trying to break through but we just cannot get through it, just like that fly cannot get through the window. And Jeremiah 10:23 Jeremiah 10:23O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walks to direct his steps.
American King James Version×tells us why we cannot do it. It says, “Oh Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself.” And yet we all think we know the answer. We know how we can succeed. We know the way to get through life, but Jeremiah says, “No, it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.”
Now I wonder have we learned that? Can we truly say I know it? I know the way of man. I know my way isn’t in my thinking that I need God’s way of looking at life. I need His direction. You see, with God’s direction, we could find that open door. With God’s direction we could get through it and we can live.
In fact in Ezekiel 18 it tells us that very thing. Ezekiel 18:32 Ezekiel 18:32For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dies, said the Lord GOD: why turn yourselves, and live you.
American King James Version×says, “Turn and live.” If that fly would’ve just turned and went through that open door, it would have lived. But we’ve got to make sure we know the way out. And of course that way out is following God, having Him direct our steps. So when you hit up against that windowpane of life, seek God. Look to Him. Pray and ask Him to direct your steps.
That’s BT Daily. We’ll see you next time.