Have you ever been at a place in life where you wished you could see enough of the future just to know what to do next? A desire to simply know with certainty which door to open, which path to take, or which choice to make.
Life is full of choices, and our choices all have consequences. We all hope for the best, but there are those times when we end up suffering the consequences of poor choices.
The Bible has an answer for this life dilemma: always follow God’s path…only go through the doors that God opens. In Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT) it says, “Trust in the Lord with all you heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.”
It all centers on seeking His will and trusting Him implicitly. It is better understood when we remember that God has a plan for our lives.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord …” Jeremiah 29:11-14 NLT
Are you willing to follow God’s plan?
The passage says to “seek His will in all you do.” God is offering to guide your life if you will surrender to His will and follow His path. The benefit for you is perfect peace. “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord GOD is the eternal Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4 NLT
Let Him show you.
Sunday - Proverbs 3:5-6
Monday - Mark 12:29-31
Tuesday - Isaiah 55:6-9
Wednesday - Proverbs 16:25
Thursday - Jeremiah 29:11-14
Friday - Matthew 6:33
Saturday - John 10:3-5
Prayer: Father, I want to follow the path you have planned for my life. Help me to stay focused on you and your will. Open my ears to hear you, my eyes to see you, and my heart to know your will for me. Thank you Lord. Amen
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT
How easy is it for you to give thanks for everything, in all circumstances?
If we’re honest we’ll admit there are times when that seems like an impossibility. When difficulties or hardships come, the furtherest thing from our minds is to say “thank you.”
The problem is we have a very narrow perspective on life and its circumstances. God has a very different view. He sees everything…He knows everything…His perspective is the “Big Picture” while ours is focused on isolated instances occurring throughout our lives.
Paul writes in Romans 8:28: “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Do you see it? Everything…both good and bad, pleasant and unpleasant…Everything works together for the good of believers, of those who follow Christ.
It sure is a lot easier to thank God in the good times. Do you know what it takes to thank the Lord in the hard times? Trust. Complete and implicit trust in the one who sees and knows everything.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord . “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
God’s got a plan.
Thank Him for everything.
Sunday - 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Monday - Romans 8:28
Tuesday - Jeremiah 29:11
Wednesday - Philippians 4:4
Thursday - John 14:21
Friday - James 1:2
Saturday - Psalm 136
Prayer: Father, help me be truly thankful for everything, especially in the difficult days. Give me a glimpse of your perspective. I trust you, Lord. Amen
Bro. Joe Metts