While it’s hard to admit, our lack of peace is often our own fault. I remember going on a business trip with a dear friend who loved oatmeal. Every morning, he would heat his oatmeal in the microwave—and every morning it would explode. I suggested that my friend try heating the water separately and then adding it to the instant oatmeal.

He looked at me in surprise and told me, “I wish I would have known that sooner.” Every morning for years, he had gone through the same routine, when a simple change would have made life a whole lot easier for him.

We may laugh at my friend’s ignorance, but we’re guilty of the same thing. By developing certain habits, we put ourselves in little ruts. When we’re shown an easier way to do something, it becomes hard to break free. This causes us to lose the peace we could have had.

Nowhere is this more common to believers than in the practice of faith. We get used to dealing with our problems, and so we start a habit of self-reliance. But when God shows us a better way to get through life—by trusting Him—we find it difficult to leave the comfort of our ruts behind.

Friend, I’ve never done things God’s way and regretted it. Though it’s not always easy, it brings true peace. Try it for yourself. Between your rut and the hard place of God’s will, you’ll find peace.

I find that doing the will of God leaves me with no time for disputing about His plans. — George Macdonald

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder