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2021_07_21 Insight Post- Rusty Coram

This week's reading- Luke 3-4

My favorite navigation app is Waze. I’ve used it for years and it has been really helpful in getting me where I need to go. One thing I have found myself occasionally doing is deliberately taking a different route than Waze suggested, to see if my short-cut can get me to the destination quicker. Sometimes I win - like when driving to South Carolina to my parent’s place on roads I’m super familiar with. But other times… most of the time… I don’t, because Waze has information on current, out of the ordinary, traffic patterns causing delays that I don’t know about.

Finding short-cuts when driving is one thing, but there are no short-cuts in following God. A great reminder of that is in Luke 4 when we hear about the temptations Jesus faced right after His baptism. Satan approached Jesus with short-cuts designed specifically for Him. They are enticements for Him to take a much easier, less painful and more exciting route than the one His father had laid out for Him. Each time, Jesus quickly responded to the temptation with direct teaching from the Bible that kept Him on the right path without deviation.

Satan would love nothing more than for each of us to take short-cuts that we mistakenly believe will make life easier and better, only to find that we have strayed from the God who knows what is the very best for us.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart;

do not depend on your own understanding.

6 Seek his will in all you do,

and he will show you which path to take.

7 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.

Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.

8 Then you will have healing for your body

and strength for your bones.

Proverbs 3:5-8

Rusty Coram

Senior Pastor