Just because something great happens doesn’t mean it is from God. Good things can be accomplished through tactics known as manipulation. I know this is true because I know how to manipulate and make things happen. Honestly, I hate that word. But there it is.
I know how to sell an idea I think is really great.
I know how to go the extra mile.
I know how to make a plan seem like a great strategy.
And not that any of this is intrinsically bad. Some of these things are great qualities God can certainly use in good ways.
But what if I use these skills and talents outside God’s will? To push past God’s timing, God’s direction, God’s plan to teach me stuff in the process?
Sometimes I think He lets us push past His better plan to experience the consequences of our headstrong attitude. Boy do I know all about that. I’ve jumped headfirst into something I thought I wanted so much, only to find extreme stress, fear, anxiety and an overwhelming sense of regret.
It’s great to know how to sell an idea. But it’s not great to do it outside God’s will.
“The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”Isaiah 58:11
I am learning. Learning to not always push so hard. Run so fast. And desire so much more. Though Faith, I can rest in the assurance that if something is to be, it isn’t up to me. It’s up to God. It’s not that I just sit back and don’t pursue things. I do. But I give what I can give without manipulation. And then I wait for God to give what only He can give. So, if He makes it happen without all my chaotic self-effort, then I will know it is His best.
And if it doesn’t happen, I will thank Him for saving me from myself.
Dear Lord, I am so grateful for Your everlasting love and vision for my life. Help me to embrace the fact that Your plans are so much greater than mine. Humble my heart in the moments when I try to maintain control so that I can fully serve You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
God wants you to give up your own agenda and trust in His plans for your life! Set aside some time every day to reflect on Bible verses dedicated to this particular issue. Having this daily reminder of God’s sovereignty will help you to recognize when your own desires are taking precedence over His will.
Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”