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Thursday, May 3, 2018

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” (NASB).

Today’s passage comes from Psalm 37 which instructs me to trust in the Lord and wait patiently for him to act. In verse 23-24 it says, “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”

This verse reminds me that the person in whom God delights is one who follows God, trusts him, and tries to do his will. God watches over and makes firm every step that I take. To have God direct my way, then I only need to seek his advice before I step out.

I might think things are looking bleak, and I’m feeling defeated, with not much relief in sight. However, one day I’m going to see in the light of eternity how it all fits together in God’s plan. Until then, I’ve learned about three errors that I can learn to avoid as I seek God’s will, and as I avoid these errors, I will develop deeper trust in God, even when I don’t understand.

1. Don’t be fatalistic. The idea of fatalism, the idea that everything is out of my control and I am powerless to do anything about it, only leads to self-pity. Underneath it, it makes me want to place the for what’s not going well on someone else, even God. Rather than accepting responsibility when I’ve likely contributed to the problem. And fatalism leads to passivity. It makes me think, “I’m waiting on God to do something.” However, God’s would tell me, “pray, seek guidance and step out and do something.”

2. 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. What do I do when there are no answers? I’m to keep trusting God, knowing that he’s working on my character through all of my circumstances and that he has good plans for me.

3. Don’t be fearful. What is behind the fear of God’s will? The root problem is that I doubt God’s love. The Bible says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18 NASB). I will 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” (NASB).

God’s will is an expression of his love. When I don’t understand what God is doing, have patience. God knows what’s best for me. I can’t see the end result, but he can. God’s path might be a path of pain, but all those delays and difficulties and problems are building character in my life.

Bottom Line:
God establishes our steps, and when we fall he is there to hold us.

What this means to me:
God will direct my steps. He will delight in every detail of my life. Even when I stumble, he is there to hold me and help me stand up again.

In summary, God is pleased when I trust and follow Him to do his will. God promises that he will direct my steps and then watch over me when I seek him. I just need to seek his guidance before I step out. I should avoid being fatalistic, frustrated or even fearful. I need to keep in mind that God's will is an expression of his love. Also when I don't understand what God's doing, just be patient and keep doing what I know I need to do.

Father, this morning I pray, “That you help give me the guidance and insight I need to handle things that come my way. Help me to continue to be faithful in the small things. Allow me to treat others in love, doing what is best for their needs. Help me to communicate effectively with my team and those around me. I also ask that you help provide some relief to the pressure put upon me and my team to complete a large number of tasks in the small amount of time. Lastly help me to be patient and loving with team members that I find difficult to work with. In Jesus name I pray.”