Aligning With God

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation (conduct); Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

I Peter 1:14-16

My parents bought a brand new truck when I was two years old, and I loved that thing. I slept on the bench seat, the floor, and crawled all around the cab. It didn’t have any bells and whistles, although I learned the floor above the transmission was warm (the original “heated seat”), and there were only two options for climate control – heat or off. There was no air conditioning, so we simply rolled down the window and opened the vent in the Arizona summers and turned on the heat in the cooler winters. The truck was a “three on the tree” and had no power steering because that was quite a luxury in those days. I longed for that truck to be mine, and I learned how to drive in that truck. I would watch my dad work on it, although I never paid attention, and he would tell me that I was going to have to make a lot of money to pay people to fix the truck because I did not pay attention. I did not disagree with this and there were times when I would come to regret not paying attention as I did have to pay others to do what I simply could have learned if I had paid attention all those years ago.

The truck had a linkage arm system that allowed the driver to shift between gears and there were times when you would have some difficulty shifting and would have to realign the arms. My dad had purchased some Chilton car repair manuals that he handed down to me and it provided instructions on how to do repairs on the truck. It all seemed like Greek to me as I had difficulty understanding the instructions, but I eventually came to a general understanding of what I needed to do. The linkage required you to loosen the linkage arms and then align them and put in a pin that would keep them all together. Once you aligned them, you would then tighten them back up and your linkage would be as good as new. This did not have to be done all the time, but you would certainly know when it was time for alignment. It did not seem that bad until you went to line them up and realized just how misaligned the linkage arms were. I am thankful for my dad showing me this repair and those good old Chilton books that helped me get back on track and get the linkage arms where they needed to be.

The Christian life is much the same way as we get out of alignment and need to be realigned with what God has said. We listen to advice from others, podcasts, read books, and we even listen to some of our favorite preachers who may not be as aligned with God as we may think. We drift away as we are not taking in the right advice and we become misaligned with what God has says. Our “life manual” gets dusty and we seem to not have time for our quiet time in the Word. We instead align our life with a crooked stick, and our thinking and attitude changes and we hardly notice until a crisis comes along. God will always draw us back in various way and will show us our need to be broken down and realigned. We tend to compare ourselves with others and try to align ourselves with the worst people we can think of instead of using the standard God has created.

It has been said that the greatest attribute of God is His holiness. He is without sin and without fault. He is the standard. He is the pin that we need to be aligned to. He is the standard of holiness (perfection), so anything outside of that falls short of the goal He has called us to. I have met some who think they are perfect, which further tells me that they are far from the mark of perfection. It matters whom you follow and it matter whom you put as your ultimate goal. The goal is not to be better than the person next to you, but the standard is to be holy for He is holy. We should notice when we start missing the goal, and it should lead us back to Him for the moment-by-moment alignment we need.

Who are you aligning yourself with today? Are you aligning yourself to others, friends or the world? Are you in His word and asking what David asked in Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Will you ask Him to search you today? Will you ask for His help to be holy, or will you make excuses and compare yourself with someone else? May we loosen ourselves in humility, and may we allow Him to align us according to His will.

Stay in the Fight!

2 Comments

  1. Verna on 02/20/2024 at 10:50 am

    Please pray for Darron and I to be aligned with the Lord and His will for us. Definitely needed this today. Thank you.

    • Saso on 02/20/2024 at 10:25 pm

      Will pray for you both sister!

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