Do you remember growing up the coloring books where you had to connect the dots first before you could see the whole picture? Our life is kind of like that coloring book. Each next step that God tells us to take is like each line connecting the dots together. Though we can’t see how each step fits into our life or even understand at the time why God is asking us to take that next step, when we are finished connecting the dots and taking each step we look back and see the complete picture. God can already see the whole picture of our life so when He tells us to take that particular next step, He is connecting the necessary dots in our life that will eventually complete the purpose and calling He has for each and everyone of us.
Recently God has shown me in His Word a few of the dots that He has connected. Being a math guy, I’m always thinking, trying to find solutions to problems, figure out the necessary steps to take, and discover a formula where I can insert life’s variables and everything will all work out just fine. Now what I’m about to share with you is not a 7 step program to ultimate success in life, but I do think that if you connect these dots in life, they will help you along the way.
David says that he has hidden God’s Word in his heart that he might not sin against God (See Psalm 119:11). Now why is it so important to study the Word, memorize the Word, meditate on the Word, and get it rooted deep in our hearts? I’m glad you asked. I love what Perry Noble, Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church, said “The best commentary on the Bible is the Bible.” So what does the Bible say on this.
Solomon, David’s son, said that above all, more important than anything else, greater than all the other things you’re striving for, guard your heart for out of it flows the issues of life (See Proverbs 4:23). If you don’t like what you’re seeing in life, watch what you allow or are putting in your heart. Watch what you see, watch what you hear, and watch what you read cause those are three gates that allow things to enter into your heart.
So how do we guard our hearts? Paul writes that the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ (See Philippians 4:7). How many people do you know in this world have peace in their lives? Not many at all. How do we get this peace that Paul talks about?
Isaiah says that whoever’s mind is steadfast, locked in, focussed on, concentrated on God, He will keep that person in perfect peace (See Isaiah 26:3). This is why Paul tells us to have the mind of Christ and to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (See Colossians 3:1-3 and Romans 12:1). As long as your in Christ, have the mind of Christ, God will keep you in perfect peace.
Lastly I’ll end with one of my favorite scriptures. Proverbs 3:5-6 says trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. In other words, believe whole heartedly in God, don’t try to understand everything or believe in your’s or other’s knowledge, wisdom, or intellect, in everything seek God first, take your circumstances, situations, problems to Him, give Him all the glory, and He will connect the dots of the picture, put the pieces of the puzzle together, guide you into taking the proper steps in life to reach your full potential, fulfill your calling in life, and complete the purpose God has created you for.