We often attribute our fantasies and dreams of grandeur to God, yet we find no evidence God’s ever told anyone He’s going to let them do what they want, have what they want, and be respected and loved by others for such.
Predictions of getting everything we want are far more often human than of divine origin. Some will say “In my success I’d glorify God!” As if God’s glory should overflow from our own?
God did tell Joseph that he’d rule over his family and He too told Solomon that He’d give him not only wisdom, the man’s single request, but too much more including wealth and long life. There are others God gave some insight to and God offers us directions toward many different types of success, but faith is far more often practiced at least somewhat blindly.
God generally too leads us to where He, not us, will be most glorified. If you know God, then you know being in the area of God’s overflow and worship is a good place to be. We all want our kid to win the game, and likewise our parents probably want us to win ours, but God knows there are times when losing is better for us. There are times when God might even assist the other team!
Do you know God blessed the efforts of those who attacked His own people, Israel and Judah, in the Old Testament? He did so because it was only in the pain and hurt of losing that they’d seek Him. His Son’s grace may make you appear far more favorably to Him, but God hasn’t changed. He will lead us to where we’ll seek Him.
We don’t get to write our own prescriptions or tickets, but we are given the opportunity to follow.
Life for most of us is about what we’ve achieved, established, and want. We’re dealing with what we have, good and bad, because we see it as our own and our responsibility. We’re reminded too continuously that we’re responsible for all of it by those we owe, those we work for and with, and too those we love most.
The least we know we can do is “maintain” all we’ve taken responsibility for. The harder that becomes and the more we fall behind, the worse we feel and the more likely we’ll suffer consequences for it. Our greatest hope, or so we dream, is to improve our situations by achieving more, establishing something better, and getting what we now think we really want.
All this work for what we want and we want more and something else? We have lived this long and not yet managed ourselves into the purpose, the happiness, and the passion we longed for and still do. Life for most of us is at best a manageable challenge.
God, The Father, has never been challenged by that which He manages for even a single moment… and yet we live most our lives in such a mode. Most Christians, like most everyone, are living the challenge of maintaining their will.
Unlike non-believers, we who are Christians ask God to help us maintain what we have and for help coming into the solution we’ve come up with. We might as well pray “God help me to do my will…”
God you know all I need is a raise, so help me to get one please?
God you know my child isn’t behaving, so will you please intervene?
God help me to get that car.
God help me to get that house.
God help me to get…
One might think, given our circumstances, that we’re not following God, but that God is following us and asking for direction. We’re making the choices and coming up too with the solutions, which ultimately will likely play out a lot like all of our previous solutions and too need solutions. Are we asking a good and perfect God to help us do our imperfect will?
Not so long ago I came into this actualization that my life was more than just challenged, it was being ran incredibly poorly. My will had lead me not to greatness, but maintaining what was not appreciating. I’d attained some of what I’d wanted, but even worse had worked for years to come into what I likely never would. Worse of all, I was afraid to lose what wasn’t even working for me?
My mind is broken and my human will is flawed, had it been perfect I’d have established perfection or certainly better than I did. Realizing that wasn’t at all easy. It’s still not. I’m still challenged.
I’m beginning to realize though that I need to be about God’s will, not my own. I need to follow Him, not lead and expect Him to respond to my needs and desires. I’m sensing flashes of purpose, or passion, and knowing like I have never known before.
There’s a greater will…
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