His Perfect Will
Devotional by: Bryce Malone (@609turtle)
Written on: 03/28/2016
Remaining humble is something some of us as Christians are aware of, maybe even most of the time but for smaller things we may be the furthest thing from it. It’s almost a habit for some of us to be so adamant about being right that when we’re wrong, even about the smallest things, we refuse to believe it, sometimes more than once! We find excuses as to how we could’ve been right or how the circumstances changed or even try to wait out hoping for a change that shows we were the slightest bit right. This can be harmless at times depending on the circumstances but can be harmful to us spiritually and emotionally if it becomes habitual.
So often we abandon our prayer life and reading our Word without realizing it when something we wanted doesn’t fall into place or we were wrong about “God’s will for us.” But, if you never truly sought God earnestly through prayer and in His Word for answers then you were just blind and mistaking His will for you, with your own will for yourself. How greedy and un-humble is that! It often takes things to fall apart more than just a couple times for us to see that we were only fooling ourselves and subconsciously trying to force God’s hand in our lives. I know I’ve been guilty of praying earnestly and seeking answers for something, only to ignore God’s signs and answers when they didn’t line up with what I currently wanted! I had forgotten that He knows what is best for me, and that my trust needed to completely be in Him.
When we make decisions, God reacts, whether the decision was according to His will for us or not. Certain things we do may be according to His will and those moments many a time go smoothly and bring us joy in the end even when we didn’t know what would happen; but because we trusted in Him and made the decision we knew He would see as best, things worked out. No matter the situation, if you make a decision, small or large, with God’s will for you in mind, only good can from it; maybe not immediately, but eventually, otherwise. We need to trust Him while also being content in all situations.
On the other side many of us (including myself at times) pray for something to be incorporated into His will for us. Sometimes we do it for things that we are truly unsure of, unsure of whether it’s in His will for us or if it can be. At times, if we are ready and He sees it fit, we can receive things that weren’t in His plans for us at that time because of our obedience and trust in Him. Opposite this, there are things we have already been shown red flags for, but we still pursue them hoping he can incorporate them into His will for us and we get upset when things constantly don’t work out. We become so infatuated with something that we want, that we begin to think His direction is completely wrong and ours is absolutely right. How many times must our own ways bring us down before we can truly trust in the One who leads us to what is always best for us?!
My prayer for us today is that we learn to not just trust God with our words but to actually trust Him in our thoughts and actions, every single one of them. Do what you need to do to remind yourself that your trust is not in the other people of this world but in the Creator of the universe, the Creator of YOU! I pray we can open up to God and openly admit our shortcomings so that He can continue us on the road that’s everlasting.
“Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” (Psalm 139:24)
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)
“No, O people, the LORD has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
“Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.” (Hebrews 10:36)
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)