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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Seeking God’s Will

In review of Psalm 37:23-24 it says, “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”

Bottom Line:
Follow what God has planned for you. Then if you were to stumble or fall, He’ll make sure it isn’t fatal.

What this means to me:
My steps are established by the Lord, he delights in every detail of my life. If I was to stumble or fall, He will make sure that it isn’t fatal. The Lord will be by side and keep me from danger.

Today’s passage comes from Psalm 37. The psalmist (probably David) saw that many evil people had everything that they wanted. They did what they liked and one seemed to stop them. They hurt the poor people around them. So the psalmist begins to get angry about this. Then he realizes that his anger would not do anything to help this situation. He recalls and brings to mind that God allows us to experience difficulties and pain to develop us.  Also one day God will put things right. Our job is to just trust in Lord and wait for that day.

Given this, there are times in my life where I’m not quite sure what is next for me in life.  This seems to be especially true when it comes to my career. For a while now it’s feeling routine and like it might just be a dead end.

Even though the future is unknown and mysterious I will one day see my life in light of eternity and how it fits together in God’s plan. Until then, there are three error’s I’ve come across that I need to avoid as I seek God’s will.  Keeping these in mind will help me trust in him, especially when things don’t make sense.

First, don’t be fatalistic. The idea of fatalism, that everything that happens is God’s will, leads to self-pity. It will cause me to blame God for everything bad in my life rather than accepting responsibility that I probably caused the problem. And, fatalism will also lead to passivity. It can make me think that, “I’m waiting on God to ____”.  However what I’ve learned is that God is more or less saying, “I gave you a brain! I gave you two feet! Get out and do something about it!”

Second, don’t be frustrated. If I try to figure out everything in my life, I’m going to be very frustrated. Sometimes I’m going to do what I think is God’s will, and it’s going to fail. When this happens I need to keep on trusting God, knowing that he’s working on my character through all of my circumstances and that he ultimately has good plans in store for me.

Lastly, don’t be fearful. Never doubt God’s love. The Bible says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18a NASB). I will always get into trouble when I doubt God’s love, because when I don’t trust him, I won’t obey him.

Psalm 37:23-24 says, “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.

God’s will is an expression of his love. When I don’t understand what God is doing, I just need to learn to have patience. He knows what’s best for me. While I can’t see the end result, he can. While God’s path may be a path of pain, all those delays, difficulties and problems I face are things he is using to build character in my life.

Even though it may seem that others are prospering and I’m not, I need to remember that God is working on my character. He is much more interested in developing my character than in providing me comfort.  I should avoid being fatalistic, frustrated or fearful.