Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

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Lately God has been reminding me of the power of prayer and boldness to believe He can move. To believe that He hears me. To believe that He wants good things for me. To fight for what He is cultivating. To ask.

Growing up with so many different philosophies circulating the church about prayer and what is okay to ask God and what’s not okay to ask God, I’ve often felt conflicted in the past when talking to God about things that I want.

I used to feel uncomfortable asking God for something.

I was afraid to ask.

I felt that asking God for something was too much for Him to handle, or indicative of Him not being enough, or an immature habit. I didn’t want any of those things to be true of me. So I would refrain from asking. I would convince myself that I was okay with whatever He did and that I didn’t need to ask Him for anything more than what He had already given me.

But I’ve been learning just how shallow that theology is. It’s not biblical. It’s not true.

John 16:24 say this, “Until now you have asked for nothing in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete” (emphasis mine).

What an encouragement.

God wants us to ask.

God wants us to talk to Him just like we do in any relationship and that involves asking Him things. He wants us to ask Him for things. God wants us to partner with Him in demonstrating our acknowledgement of Him as the giver and us as the receiver. It’s an important element of our relationship with Him. Humbling ourselves to ask even when we fear that it may not be answered the way we expect.

I really believe God wants to blow our minds by how boldly He will answer if we would be bold enough to ask.

I love the woman in the gospels who boldly approaches Jesus, just hoping to touch his robe. She knows that if she can touch even the hem of His robe then she will be healed. Boldness. Audacity. Faith. And she is healed. Jesus moves. Jesus responds. Jesus heals.

I used to assume that praying for things that I wanted was bad. That wanting things offended God and made me a useless lover.

But nothing could be further from the truth!

God does want to bless us!

He’s showing me that it actually brings Him pleasure to bless us! It makes Him happy.

God has started showing me this in many ways the past year.

When I was at home for Christmas break, I was watching a special on the E! channel for Jason Kennedy and Lauren Scruggs’ wedding. I know, I know…the E! channel. The same channel that graced us with the Kardashians. It caught my attention. And as I watched this wedding, many pastors I know of that are influential were there including Matt Chandler. He was the one performing the wedding ceremony ironically. As the ceremony continued I was getting a little upset watching it. Feeling suspicious. Feeling discouraged. Was all of this really real or just for TV? But I couldn’t turn the channel. I kept watching.

Then the moment came for the groom to kiss the bride. And I’ll never forget what Matt Chandler said to the groom as he initiated the moment: “It brings me great pleasure, Jason, to say you may now kiss your bride.”

Wow.

“It brings me…great pleasure.”

Wow.

I had never heard anything like that before.

I had never thought about the moment of someone else’s ecstatic joy bringing the one in charge of that moment such overwhelming pleasure.

His words have forever changed the way that I see God’s heart for me in wanting to give me good things…not because He relents and finally give us what we want…but that He actually experiences enormous pleasure in blessing us…in seeing our joy.

There’s something special about witnessing others’ joy.

I experienced this while at another wedding a few weeks ago with a friend. Because of the groom’s Mexican heritage there was a lot of dancing. I love dancing. And this was the first time in a while that I had got to dance and have fun and experience such a cheerful celebration. I enjoyed it so much. But what really touched my heart was towards the end of the night when I sat down and just watched.

As I watched everybody dancing, smiles radiated like delicate flowers and shimmering lights. Eyes lit up like sparkling stars in the sky. A synesthesia of laughter and joy at the same time.

I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the happiness of all the people I saw dancing.

I saw a simplistic delight.

An effortless bliss.

A contagious joy.

It touched my heart so much.

And it permeates my mind as an ever-increasing reminder that God feels the exact same way about us when we experience joy.

Psalm 149:4 says,

“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He beautifies the afflicted with salvation.”

Zephaniah 3:17 says,

“Yahweh your God is among you,
a warrior who saves.
He will rejoice over you with gladness.
He will bring you quietness with His love.
He will delight in you with shouts of joy.”

God looks down from Heaven with love and tenderness in His eyes… taking pleasure in our pleasure…experiencing delight in our delight…finding joy in our joy.

Our God created us after all, not because He needed us or anything we could give Him, but because He wanted to create a people to love and relate with. So we have the capacity to bring God pleasure with our lives through the joy He gives to us. How beautiful.

In light of this, it is imperative that we allow God to receive joy by letting Him be the blesser that He wants to be. But we have to pray boldly.

Asking God with boldness and assurance that He can deliver is a gift you can give God because you are letting Him do for you what you will end up giving Him glory for.

And others will get to hear about it and they will see just how great God is by how he moved in your life.

John 14:13-14 says this:Whatever you ask in My name, I will do it so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”

If we ask God something in His name, in unity with Him, in line with His heart, and in tune with how His Spirit is already leading us and making itself evident to us, He will act. And if it’s in His name, the Holy Spirit will guide us.

God wants us to ask.

He takes pleasure in our asking.

And He delights in our confidence in Him.

He wants to show off His glory.

Bring God some joy today.

Ask Him for bold things.

Ask.

Talk to Him.

Let Him complete what He has started in you by partnering with Him through believing that He can fulfill the longings of your heart.

Don’t be afraid to want what God has put in your heart as a longing. If you are truly seeking Him, He does want to fulfill those longings. He wants to bless you. He wouldn’t have created blessings as a part of the human experience if He wasn’t the orchestrator of it all. Trust that He is a good God and a good father who wants to bless His children.

Luke 11:11-12 says, “What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish?  Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?”.

God doesn’t intend to give you anything less than best. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”

He will not give us a stone or a scorpion. He’s not trying to give you something so He can take it away and tease you with the idea of it. Pray boldly for what you want and that it would glorify His Name. And watch how He answers.

God has been showing me that I need to pray boldly and audaciously.

One of the best books I’ve read is called Sun Stand Still by Steven Furtick about radical faith. Over the past week I’ve picked it back up sensing the Lord reminding me of the importance of boldness in prayer. This book, Sun Stand Still, talks about praying audaciously like Joshua did when He asked God to make the sun stand still over Gibeon when fighting the Amorites. God had promised Joshua already that He would hand the Amorites over to Israel. But Joshua still asks the Lord in bold faith to show up and do the impossible on their behalf. And God responds. Immediately. God hears his prayer. God acts.

In Joshua 10:12-14, it describes his bold faith:

“12 On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to the Israelites, Joshua spoke to the Lord in the presence of Israel:

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
and moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”
13 And the sun stood still
and the moon stopped
until the nation took vengeance on its enemies…

14 There has been no day like it before or since, when the Lord listened to the voice of a man, because the Lord fought for Israel.”

Wow.

What if we asked God to make the sun stand still in our lives?

What if we believed so audaciously and boldly that God was big enough and powerful enough to move, that we talked to Him with radical confidence in asking Him to do the improbable and the impossible? It has encouraged my heart so much.

May Joshua’s bold faith and God’s immediate response prompt us to come to God unashamed and truly confident that He can and will move on our behalf. May we ask Him. May we ask.

If we don’t ask God, we will be tempted to think what happens is coincidence.

If we don’t ask God, we will be tempted to think we made it happen on our own.

If we don’t ask God, we will elevate our own free will over His desire to orchestrate things in our lives.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.”

Ask God.

Be bold.

And watch to see how He will move.

It’s exciting to see how God answers us when we ask Him.

I pray for you and me that we would find confidence in our God to ask for and believe in great things. I pray for boldness to believe that He will move in a mighty, supernatural way in our situations. I pray that we wouldn’t be afraid to ask God for what He has stirred in our hearts, but that we would recognize His hand in placing those desires there and ask Him in faith to fulfill it.

Whatever you are experiencing right now, bring it to the Lord and let Him have access to your deepest longings. Recognize that He is a good giver. He wants to bless you. Ask Him. I used to think it wasn’t okay to ask God for anything. But now I see that it would be a great tragedy to not let God experience joy by getting to answer my prayers. Let Him have that joy. Let Him have the chance to answer you. And He can only answer if you ask.

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

–Matthew 7:7–

Questions for Today:

  • What longings within my heart am I afraid to ask God for?
  • Why am I afraid?
  • Do I believe that God is a good giver and a selfless giver?
  • Why does God take pleasure in my pleasure?
  • How can I ask for God to make the sun stand still in my life?
  • What next step is God asking me to take in my relationship with Him today?

“Strong God” by Vertical Church Band ft Meredith Andrews

“I trust You, God. But…”

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God has been testing me lately in how and why I trust in Him. With opportunities arising that I’ve been excited about and the potential for entering into a new season of stability, it’s ironically been a rocky past couple of weeks.

God’s challenging me about all of the things that I’ve always thought would bring me stability.

And ultimately, it has revealed my hollow trust in Him. It’s challenged how confident I am to believe that He would be able to get things done even when everything else gets in the way.

Preparing for a potential full-time job opportunity, I’ve been so excited at the idea of this finally giving me the stability that I want and the chance to get my finances in order. But it’s been such a tumultuous and taxing experience going about the whole process. Getting my hopes up. Feeling inadequate. Worrying over things I can’t control. Doubting God’s ability.

And on top of all that, God keeps asking me why I really want this job.

I keep ignoring Him on the topic.

I don’t really like that question. I feel like God already knows why I want the job. And it just came out of nowhere anyways so He should know that it would be good for me even more than I do. He knows that it would be helpful for me. Why do you keep asking me, God? I’ve been thinking.

So I keep telling Him that I just want to be responsible and have more financial stability. I’ve told Him it would help prepare me for the future. That it would make me happy. That I would enjoy the work. And yet I feel a kind of brokenness in my heart about it when talking to the Lord. I keep trying to convince myself that this job must be from Him and that all of my desires for why I think it would be a good thing should line up with what He wants as well.

But I realized today that I’ve been looking at it wrong.

Now I know why He’s kept asking me that question.

I’ve been so fixated on the potential to finally have a full-time normal day job that I’ve been doubting God’s ability to provide for me long-term should I not get it. I’ve been doubting God’s love for me should I not get it. I’ve been doubting my ability and my competence in God’s eyes should I not get it. And I’ve been trusting in this potential job as my ticket to fixing all my financial and time-schedule problems.

I haven’t been trusting God.

When I came to seminary I knew it was going to be a big sacrifice. I knew it was not going to be easy. I knew it could end up costing me a lot in various areas of life.

But every single time that an opportunity arises that I perceive as a gift of relief, or something that would make life easier on me, I run after it.

I start to dwell on it in my mind.

I start to think about how all of my problems could be solved. I start to make excuses for why I deserve it. I start to think that God is finally giving me something to let me take the easy road. I start to trust in the idea of this opportunity that I want.

And I forget about God’s ability to be more for me than all of that.

I forget about all of the times that God has already provided for me. I forget about all the prayers He’s answered. I forget about all the times that He’s surprised me with gifts I never even knew I wanted deep down. I forget that God knows the things about me that I don’t even know about myself. I forget that He’s the only One who has seen me every second of the day and still remains with me.

I forget that God is enough.

I say, I trust You, God. But I don’t trust this situation. I trust You, God. But I don’t trust the people making the decision. I trust You, God. But I don’t trust that I came across the right way. I trust You, God. But there are so many other factors in my path that can mess things up. I trust You, God. But…………

The list can go on and on.

And that’s a problem.

This is why → I can’t say that I trust God if I add a “But…”.

I can’t say both that I trust God but that I don’t trust the variables that I perceive as in the way…when God is sovereign over all of those variables anyway…because He is the one who created every single thing in the universe and allows things to even operate and function and play out and exist the way they do. Do I think God is not powerful enough to handle the way that a sinful world works? Do I think God is not in control over everything? Do I think God is limited by human actions and things getting in the way?

I’ve had to ask myself these questions. And thankfully the Lord is showing me how preposterous it is to doubt Him.

God is sovereign even when other things seem to get in the way.

He is always sovereign.

And I’ve had to realize that.

Nothing can get in God’s way. When He sets out to do something, He causes things to work out in His favor, not in the enemy’s favor.

Romans 8:28 says, “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.”

Paul goes on in that chapter of Romans to talk about how God fashions us into the image of His Son, using all that happens in our lives as ingredients in that process. And nothing that happens to us will ever separate us from Him while in that process. Nothing. Even when bad things happen, God is there and He is taking care of it all. He knows just what to do.

No matter how many crazy things happen that seem to get in the way of where we are going or what we are hoping in, God is the one who decides how everything unfurls. He’s helping me to trust Him more. And I’m so thankful for this gift. This gift of peace. This gift of trust. Because it sure isn’t from myself. It’s God’s mercy alone that by His Spirit He cultivates an ability within us to trust in Him at all.

I’m learning that having a faulty trust in God will get me nowhere.

It’s a hollow trust.

A hollow faith, really.

Just as James writes to the Jewish believers who were all scattered about in the 1st century and struggling to remain steadfast in the faith, James 1:6-7 says this:

“But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”

This passage in context talks about enduring trials with joy because of the good that it does within a person to build perseverance, character and perfection through Christ. He goes on to talk about the testing of one’s faith and an appropriate response as one remaining true to Christ. For me, this passage has been very helpful because what James was talking about when he addressed the Jewish believers in his letter is still something that we struggle with today: responding to trials. And one of the greatest trials I have faced is trusting God 100%.

I’ll tell myself sneakily that I’m not failing to trust God, but that I just don’t trust everything else around me.

But again, an “I trust You, God. But…” response is not trust at all.

It is a hollow trust.

A hollow faith.

I have to trust God 100%.

Even if the worst happens. I still have to trust that God is able and that God is good.

What’s helped me the most today in seeing that God is worthy to be trusted is thinking about just how beautiful God is. How desirable He is. How satisfying He is. How loving He is. How powerful He is. How unimaginably great He is. I love reading Revelation. Reading about Jesus in His glory, knowing that He came to earth throwing all of that away in such humility. But one day we will see Him for who He is. When I think about the God I know and read about in His Word, I can’t help but to get so excited about seeing Him. And one day, I finally will. That is enough to help me endure whatever the heck I have to endure here in this life. It won’t last forever. But the real forever is worth the wait. The day I get to finally be with my King forever is worth every hard thing I have to go through down here. So if I have to struggle my whole life, I guess that’s okay with me. I’m not about to give up God. I’m not about to miss the moments I can have with Him here. He’s too good to give up.

I’m starting to see that He really is enough.

Even if I don’t get all the things that I hope for.

Even if I don’t get this big job.

God is still good.

God is still for me.

God is still mine.

And He’s for you too.

Someone needs to know that…that God is on your side in whatever pain you are going through right now. Remember that there is no hint of evil in Him. God’s not putting you through that for meanness or spite. Let your situation draw you nearer to Him. Let it cultivate endurance and perseverance within you just like it says in James chapter 1. It’s a good thing to experience trials.

Sometimes, what happens to us is just a casualty in the cause of making us into who God wants us to be.

We have to learn how to get past our painful experiences so that we can take hold of the wisdom that God has given to us on account of that pain.

When we’re tempted to say, “I trust You, God. But…” may we remember that God deserves all of our trust. Not 50%. Not 75%. Not even 99.99%. God deserves 100% of our trust. And He’s able. I used to think that God Himself was trustworthy but not everything else, and then would end up doubting God’s power over all of those things. But I see now that if God is sovereign, He is ultimately trustworthy despite all the variables around me.

I pray for you and me that we would trust God despite all the distractions and logical reasons to say that God isn’t able. I pray for you and me that we would see God as so beautiful and desirable that our hearts would look towards our future with Him, eclipsing every struggle that seems overwhelming right now. May we receive God’s grace as we even still fail in trying to trust Him, asking Him to give us strength by His Holy Spirit to trust Him more.

 

“Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.”

–Revelation 4:11 –

Questions for Today:

  • Do I tend to be distrusting of God because of the circumstances around me?
  • Why should I trust God with those things?
  • How can I know that God is worthy of my trust?
  • What situation in my life am I struggling to trust God with 100%?
  • What next step is God asking me to take in my relationship with Him today?

“In Over My Head” by Bethel Music ft. Jenn Johnson

 

 

God Knows Exactly What to Do

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I thought I was making good progress when it came to trusting in God’s ways. I wrote about the topic several months ago. I’ve been striving to let the Lord lead me to the places He wants to take me, even if that means traversing a very different road than I would have thought. And I’m seeing that it’s a beautiful thing. To let Him lead. To see what He sees as beautiful.

But I’ve been facing so many doubts lately.

Wondering if I’m really hearing from God or if I’m telling myself things. Doubting God’s voice when what I see doesn’t look like anything is happening. And it’s caused me to notice a pattern lately: Not knowing what God is doing in my life…followed by discouragement.

I like to know what’s coming.

I like to know what God is doing.

But I’m realizing I don’t get to have that security clearance, if you will.

Knowing what God is up to is like a whole other secret level of a building that I don’t have access to.

And I’m learning that the hard way right now.

I feel like I’m at a point where I am ready for the next phase of my life. And I feel more prepared now than I ever have been.

But it’s as if I’m at the end of a diving board…waiting to jump in… and I’m getting a Wait from the one in charge.

And it took me a while to get up to this spot. Climbing a diving board ladder knowing that the jump is going to be scary, and seeing the dreadful height and the distance between yourself and the ground… it’s terrifying. But eventually you commit to take the risk. You stand there, feet lifting off the ground, and you decide to jump. It took a lot for God to get me to this point. And after all that, I can’t even jump. He’s telling me to wait. At least right now. So I’ve resorted to sitting down and waiting for my chance to jump. I’m not going to give up that easily. Not now. But it’s tempting to want to give up sometimes, isn’t it? It’s tempting to doubt what God is saying when so many things try to indicate otherwise.

So I’ve had to bring my discouragements to God, asking Him to show me how I can respond in this time of confusion.

And God’s been trying to help me see that it’s not that He’s trying to keep me from what I think I’m ready for, but that what I’m jumping into may not be ready.

God has other things that He has do first. My situation is not just about me. There will be many other people involved. And so He has to ready them as well and the whole situation.

He probably still has things to do in me too that can only be done in this time of waiting.

But right now, it’s hard for me to trust God because I don’t know what He wants me to do.

I know what I would do.

I know what I want to do.

I know what I am fully capable of doing.

Others have told me it’s not wise to take any of these plans of action. So I’m back to square one. Not knowing what God would have me do. It’s quite a predicament.

But the problem here is that I’m putting all of my trust in what I am supposed to be doing that I am missing out on what God wants to do.

I’m putting too much trust in myself.

We can learn a lot about this dilemma of trusting in ourselves verses trusting God by looking at the way God interacted with His chosen people, Israel, throughout history.

In the first few books of the Bible, anytime Israel became confused about God’s ways towards them, they became frustrated and would complain.

The Israelites complained about leaving Egypt, wanting to go back because the journey was too long. They complained about not having any food in the wilderness, forgetting that God had already been providing for them. They complained about all of the people they thought were against them, even though God had already told them He would defeat them. They rebelled against God time and time again. They struggled to trust Him. And it caused them a lot of grief and tumultuous experiences. But God remained. God kept pursuing them. Even when it seemed like God had forgotten His people, He sent Jesus to break the silence of all Old Testament scripture, initiating grace and final redemption for the benefit of the whole world. And He will save a remnant of Israel. God never intends to give up on them.

I was convicted recalling this. Reminding myself that confusion over what God is doing is always an instinct because of our humanity, but never a mature thing to do. It’s wise to be okay with uncertainty.

My favorite verse is Proverbs 3:5 which tells us to not trust in our own understanding. I have to go back to that verse over and over again because I’m a person who tries to make sense of things way too much. I would analyze the peculiarities of a ping pong match if it would bring me more momentary clarity.

But God doesn’t always need me to understand.

He knows what to do.

Even when I am clueless.

We don’t have to let confusion cloud our vision.

Believe that God has a purpose for what He does. Even when it’s confusing.

Ultimately, I need to stop focusing on God’s ways and start trusting in God’s character.

2 Peter 3:9 says this, “The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (emphasis mine).

1 John 1:5 says, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no evil at all” (emphasis mine).

Psalm 18:30 says, “God, His way is perfect. The Word of the Lord proves true. He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him” (emphasis mine).

God’s ways will always confuse me.

I’m not God.

Never gonna be.

So if I can get to the point where I am confident that God’s character is good, I will be much more at peace with what He is doing behind the scenes.

For His character motivates His ways.

So if His character is good, then His ways are also good.

In the last movie of The Hobbit series, there was a scene that really stood out to me. The dragon is terrorizing the town, scorching the town with his fiery flames. Bard, one of the main characters, shoots arrows at the dragon from a tall lookout. But to no avail. Then he sees that his son has come up there with him. At first he is worried for his son’s safety, but then the son gives him a long spear that he can use. So as Bard sees the dragon coming straight at him and his son, he positions the spear on his son’s shoulder using him as the support for the spear. All the while, the son has his back to the dragon. He keeps looking over his shoulder with fright as the dragon is headed their way. And Bard says, “Hey…you look at me. You look at me.” And as the son looks at his father, the father shoots the spear and kills the dragon. They fall with the crash but survive and save the town from the threat of the dragon.

Ever since I saw that movie I haven’t been able to forget that scene. (You can Watch it here.)

I’m sure the son was so fearful, not knowing what would happen with a dragon unseen coming his way and a deadly spear resting on his shoulder. But he trusted that his father’s way of killing the dragon was good, so he yielded to him in that moment. It is such a brilliant picture of how we are to look to God in moments of fear and uncertainty. Not the threat. Not our circumstances. We look at God. We focus on Him. All the while He is using us more than we realize to accomplish what He wants to do. And He will take care of us.

I have to remember that in confusing moments, God is working both for my good and the good of others.

When we read the Bible, we see that God is good at leading His people where He wants them to be, even despite their own incompetence.

You and I can rest assured of God’s competence to lead us to where He wants us to be.

And that’s exciting really. Id’ rather be led by God than to be led by my own self. I wouldn’t take me to the best destination. I would mess it all up. But God won’t. He’s not capable of messing anything up. There’s no one in the whole universe who has more power over things than Him. He will not get it wrong.

It may take time.

But we need to appreciate that God is trying to cultivate something.

Most of the time, God leads us to where He wants us to be by changing our desires.

If we ask Him to, He will open our eyes to what He wants for us and then He shows us how beautiful it is. And then we will want it too. He will start to lead us in that direction by the very fact that we are now compelled to go that way. And our desires will line up with His desires.

Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” This is not saying that God will just give you what you want. I think it’s saying God has created us with certain desires that He cultivates to be useful in where He wants to take us when we give our lives to Him. And that He will implant in our hearts His desires so that we will desire what He wants for us, if we ask Him to. Ask Him. See if He won’t do it.

I will never understand God’s ways of creating something from nothing. I don’t have that ability.

But God knows exactly what He is doing.

Exactly what He is doing.

Exactly what He is doing.

We may say:

But God, what if…

God says, “I know exactly what to do.”

But God, I don’t think that will work.

God says, “I know exactly what to do.”

But God, it’s already a hopeless situation now.

God says, “I know exactly what to do.”

But God, I’m not good enough.

God says, “I know exactly what to do.”

But God, I’m not cut out for it.

God says, “I know exactly what to do.”

God knows exactly what He is doing. He knows how to get things done. And He’s pretty dang good at it too. He can do something in a second that we try for years to accomplish. Read the Bible and see all the instances where God does something amazing in the midst of hopelessness and improbability. God is able. And He’s smart too.

Before I used to get frustrated when God didn’t answer my prayers in a big way how I wanted Him to. I thought I needed to help God out. Man, was that a dumb thought. I would say, Come on God don’t you like my idea? I know just the thing to do, God, I am ready to go! Or I have a great way that this situation would all work out if you could just let happen. And God’s telling me, Though I love that you want to be proactive in this with Me, I want to lead you, not the other way around. I want to do something that’s even better than your ideas. Wait and let me.

God knows just the perfect thing to do. And He will do it.

If we can be patient.

I think sometimes, God doesn’t allow certain things to take place yet, because He wants us to wait for the “sweet” moments. The moments He’s creating. The moments He’s leading us towards. And because of our own human limitations, we may never know what that is or what to even anticipate. Until it happens. And we are filled joy beyond anything we could ever know.

To God, even little moments can be “sweet” as they all fit together to create the most detailed, stunning mosaic. We need to let God do what He wants to do.

It will be much better anyways when He does what He wants to do. And we can give Him more glory and have a much better story to tell.

There is so much more going on within our daily lives than just ourselves. God works for the benefit of His people collectively just as much as He works in each person to refine him or her. God will deliver in the best way so that it benefits as many people as possible.

Keep believing that God is able to do exactly what needs to be done in your situation. He knows. He’s aware. And He loves you far too much to remain idle. He will move on your behalf. And He will most definitely fill you with joy and satisfaction in Him along the way.

And when God says it’s time to jump…He will give us the green light.

I pray for you and me that when we don’t understand what God is doing, that we will trust that His character is good. I pray that we would appreciate God’s process of creating. I also pray that we would be yielded to Him, so that when the time comes He will lead us in what to do next when He has a step for us to take. Sometimes He leads us without us even knowing, as He changes our hearts to act according to His will. May we position our hearts and souls in a spot where we can be steered by the Lord, and then we don’t have to try so hard to force anything but can be at peace knowing God has been at work all along.

 “For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose.”

-Philippians 2:13-

Questions for Today:

  • When I’m tempted to doubt what God is doing in my life, why is it important that I remember His character is good?
  • How can I ask God to help me with uncertainty?
  • Why is it important that God should cultivate His desires within me?
  • Am I believing that God knows exactly what to do?
  • What situation in my life is God asking me to trust Him with?

“Say The Word” by Hillsong UNITED