"Three Mistakes to Avoid When Seeking God's Will"
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord …. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, because the Lord is the one who holds his hand.” Psalm 37: 23a – 24 NASB
Sometimes we find ourselves at a dead end in life. It may have to do with debt, something we desire or hope for. You may wonder how it’s ever going to work out?
Right now you feel that everything is dark and you are defeated. One day, in the light of eternity you’ll see how it all fits together in God’s plan. Until then, there are three areas you need to avoid as you seek God’s will that will help you trust in Him, even when you don’t understand.
1. DON’T BE FATALISTIC - The idea of fatalism, that everything that happens is God’s will, leads to self-pity. It causes us to blame God rather than accepting responsibility. There are things that happen in this world outside of God’s will. Fatalism leads to passivity. God gave us a brain. He wants us to use it.
2. DON’T BE FRUSTRATED - If you try to figure out everything , you’re going to be very frustrated. Sometimes, you think you’re doing God’s will and it doesn’t work out. What do you do when there are no answers? You keep trusting God, knowing that He’s working on your character through all of these circumstances. You remember that God plans good for your life. It’s not the things that work for good but God who works for good in them.
3. DON’T BE FEARFUL - What is behind the fear of God’s will? The root problem is that you doubt God’s love. The writer John reminds us that, “perfect love casts out fear.” We always get in trouble when we doubt God’s love. Not trusting leads to not obeying; you know where that leads.
God’s will is an expression of God’s love. When you don’t understand what God is doing, what God wants you to do is have patience. Wait on Him but don’t just wait around. You may not be able to see the end result but you can be working towards it. Remember that all the delays, difficulties and problems are building character in your life.
Peace in the Lord,