Wham! The pothole was so deep I thought I was on my way to China! My steering wheel was going crazy and when I got on the highway I thought the whole car was falling apart. You guessed it, my steering had been knocked out of alignment. I wouldn’t be making a trip to the Orient but I would be visiting a mechanic ASAP.
Sometimes life can start to shimmy, drift, or even feel like the whole thing is coming apart. And like the wheels on a car, one of the main reasons is a lack of alignment with God.
You only have to go back to the beginning to see that God always intended us to be aligned with Him;
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1.27)
One of the fundamental mistakes we make is when we take matters into our own hands and align ourselves with anything else but our Creator. Ultimately, it leads to an identity crises (Which has become more than evident today with the whole gender/pronoun debacle). It all started to breakdown back in the garden when Adam and Eve decided align themselves with their own ways (which was really Satan’s ways – Genesis 3).
But Jesus is not only the Great Shepherd but He’s also the Great Mechanic. He has provided a way to be realigned with God and solve our identity crisis. Basically, we let Him take the steering wheel of our life. Consider the following Scriptures;
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (Galatians 2.20)
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10.10-11)
But just like checking the alignment on your car, we must periodically check our alignment with God (and it’s probably a good idea to check daily). One of the ways we can do this is by reading and studying the Word of God daily. I know that if I line my life up with His Word and His ways, I’m going to be in perfect alignment. Oh, we’ll still hit some potholes a long the way but the whole thing is not going to veer off into a ditch. How’s your alignment with God going?
Next time we’ll talk about our specific alignment based on our personality, gifts, station in life, etc…