DEVIATION: For me, I’ve never liked going the conventional route, or doing the expected. In fact, I want to do the UN-EXPECTED. You may remember; sometime back, I referred to myself as being “abnormally normal.” Well, there you have it. If there’s, seemingly, only two ways of doing something, then, I’m trying my best to find a third way of doing it, and usually, I do. Oh yeah, and I hate the set of instructions.
With all this said; my personality type has never fared well in Conventional Corporate America. I go to extreme lengths to “prove” that I can do it my way; and over time, this has worked well for me. But, I don’t advocate it for someone who wants to play along to get along.
There are many unwritten rules of etiquette in the business world, and to go against the tide only spells trouble. So it is in the military and the educational environments. We humans always want to DEVIATE from the planned route. And, too often, go to the total extreme to “do it our way.”
Remember…Moses was denied entry into the Promised Land because of it (wanting to do it his way), and Jacob balked at having to go to Egypt; all because they thought that they knew better than God. Jonah became the dinner of the “big fish,” and there was Lot’s wife who turned into a “pillar of salt” because she didn’t want to go by the “instruction sheet,” or the Angels advice. And the big time loser…King Saul, lost his throne because he didn’t follow “the rules.” The Bible is full of people who refused to follow the “rules of God.”
God may direct us along different paths throughout life, but He does not force us, nor does He change the ultimate destination. We should not compromise or deviate from His standards but “walk only in His path.”
We hear only God’s voice in – 1 Kings 18:21; John 8:47; and the reason we fail to listen is found John 10:27, where we’re told…”.Whoever is of God, hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” And, we do not yield to or permit any deviation from His Word.” In Deuteronomy 4:2, we’re told, clearly – “You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.” For more guidance on this….look into – Psalm 119:128; Revelation 22:18-19.