Discovering God’s will (2)
Once we’ve discovered what God wants us to do with our lives, we have a choice to make. Our first option is to walk a different way. Jonah knew God’s will, but he ran from it and ended up in the biggest storm of his life. God had told him to: ‘Go to the great city of Nineveh, and preach against it’ (Jonah 1:2 NCV). But Jonah went the opposite way. He didn’t want to fulfil this calling. Sometimes we can hear from God and not really want to do what He’s saying. Maybe we don’t feel equipped or ready. Maybe it involves stepping out of our comfort zone and we’re afraid. Maybe we’d rather just do our own thing. Take Moses for example. He came up with lots of excuses as to why he couldn’t do what God was calling him to do (you can read about this in Exodus 3). But even when we react like this, God doesn’t give up on us. He equips us, strengthens us, and humbles us so that we can do the things He has created us to do. Our other option is to follow His call and not allow anything to stop us. God’s plan is always better than ours and there will never be an exception to this rule. It might feel scary, but He promises to be with us every step of the way. God says: ‘Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand’ (Isaiah 41:10 NLT). His plans for us are for our good, and His glory. So are we willing to wholeheartedly follow His call?
The psalmist wrote: ‘My God, I want to do what you want. Your teachings are in my heart’ (Psalm 40:8 NCV). Take the time to pray this today. If you’re doing yesterday’s What Now?, pray it over the things you’ve written down in your journal.
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