Purpose: His Way or Mine?
There is our way and then there is His way. Only one can be right. And it is not ours.
In order to go forward and listen to Him instead of insisting on Him blessing our plan, we need to follow His way, embrace His purpose. Take some time now to ‘approach the throne of grace with confidence.’
Go as a daughter of the King of kings, not as a pauper, or out cast, but as an heir. Consider, what it is that your heart desires most? What has He placed there for His glorious purpose? What are the dreams that you have suppressed and hidden away as the enemy has convinced you that they were too big and you were inadequate. Those desires, those dreams, that purpose…they’re all placed there by your heavenly Father.
Now, what do you want to ask Him about them? His favor? His timing? His direction? His strength? His peace?
He already knows. He is your heavenly Father. He wants to hear from you. Too often we think asking is akin to selfish desires, but that does not have to be the case. What about asking Him for a vision of His plan for your life? The life of your husband? The lives of your children? What about asking Him what He sees that you need to deal with? Improve on? Or move past? Are you willing to ask Him to move in and through you, to instill His purpose in your heart, as He deems necessary for the kingdom?
Secondly, where are you seeking Him? Are you seeking Him in His Word or in the world? What are the scriptures that speak to the issue? How can you study them for insight and direction?
Who would be wise counsel for you to share and pray with about the issue? Do you have a teachable spirit? Are you seeking His will through your friends or through His Holy Spirit? Do your friends encourage you to obey your heavenly Father or do they encourage you to question Him? Is your faith at the foundation of your search? Is His purpose your true desire? Or are you trying to make sense of it all to the point that your search is even a sidetrack to your faith? Have you let your lack of understanding sidetrack your belief?
When you have asked, and have searched the scriptures and the time has come to Knock, are you listening? Are you beating down the door impatiently? Or gently knocking and waiting? Are you grumbling in the meantime? How are you spending the ‘wait time’? How could you use it to prepare for the door to open? Are you willing to share your burden with others? Have you rushed off to another door before He has had time to answer? What time limits have you set on His response? How could you praise Him while you wait? How could you be a testimony while you are waiting?
When the door is opened, now what? Are you ready to obey? Maybe you have been standing in front of an open door for quite sometime, afraid or refusing to enter. What is next? What are you afraid of? Your sacrifices? Your reputation? Your plans? Why are you refusing to enter His ‘rest’? Is it different from your expectations? Does it mean you will have to make some changes? What would those be? Where is your faith? Have you asked Him for some more?
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.