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by: Don Carmichael

07/19/2021

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I really enjoy autonomy.  I suppose I always have.  Don’t get me wrong, for most of the time I appreciate good advice, even if it counters the direction I’m heading, haha.  But I do enjoy the freedom of expression going down the trail of my assignment at hand. And you?
There is another side of autonomy, one like a sheep without a shepherd, which is a disaster waiting to happen for that sheep.  And so it happened in the early days of the nation of Israel.  “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did whatever he wanted.”  They fell further away from God’s spoken and written standards, driven by their own thinking (oops, again a downside of autonomy, as our “heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable — who can understand it?”).  Yet! “I, Yahweh (God Himself, by name), examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.”  For, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”  Autonomy. 
One mentor taught me, “Don’t stand out in the rain without an umbrella.” A strange thought in isolation, but it didn’t take me long to understand he was talking about counsel, “Without guidance, people fall, but with many counselors there is deliverance.”  Victory.  Success.
Father, I confess I am not always right.  Thank You for the freedoms we enjoy, yet keep us inside of Your perfect will and loving desires for us.  Direct our paths accordingly. 
Autonomy I like!  Counsel I always need.  Walk with both!, free, yet under the advisement of our Father’s will, which comes from His words, His Spirit, and His people.  “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.”
‭‭Isaiah 13:14, Matthew 9:36, ‭‭Judges‬ ‭21:25‬, Jeremiah 17:9‬, 10, Proverbs‬ ‭14:12‬,‬ ‭11:14‬, 1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:31‬ ‭HCSB‬‬ ‬‬ ‬‬ ‬‬ ‬‬
I really enjoy autonomy.  I suppose I always have.  Don’t get me wrong, for most of the time I appreciate good advice, even if it counters the direction I’m heading, haha.  But I do enjoy the freedom of expression going down the trail of my assignment at hand. And you?
There is another side of autonomy, one like a sheep without a shepherd, which is a disaster waiting to happen for that sheep.  And so it happened in the early days of the nation of Israel.  “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did whatever he wanted.”  They fell further away from God’s spoken and written standards, driven by their own thinking (oops, again a downside of autonomy, as our “heart is more deceitful than anything else, and incurable — who can understand it?”).  Yet! “I, Yahweh (God Himself, by name), examine the mind, I test the heart to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.”  For, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.”  Autonomy. 
One mentor taught me, “Don’t stand out in the rain without an umbrella.” A strange thought in isolation, but it didn’t take me long to understand he was talking about counsel, “Without guidance, people fall, but with many counselors there is deliverance.”  Victory.  Success.
Father, I confess I am not always right.  Thank You for the freedoms we enjoy, yet keep us inside of Your perfect will and loving desires for us.  Direct our paths accordingly. 
Autonomy I like!  Counsel I always need.  Walk with both!, free, yet under the advisement of our Father’s will, which comes from His words, His Spirit, and His people.  “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.”
‭‭Isaiah 13:14, Matthew 9:36, ‭‭Judges‬ ‭21:25‬, Jeremiah 17:9‬, 10, Proverbs‬ ‭14:12‬,‬ ‭11:14‬, 1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:31‬ ‭HCSB‬‬ ‬‬ ‬‬ ‬‬ ‬‬
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