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Monday, March 18, 2019

I Can’t Trust My Circumstances to Lead Me

In review of Psalm 40:8 it says, “I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart” (NIV).

Today’s verse is Psalm 40:8, in it the psalmist says, “I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.”

If I want to know God’s will is for me, then I’ll have to stop being led by my circumstances.

This may be a bit confusing, “doesn’t God direct my circumstances?” Yes, God does want to direct my circumstances, but I should never let just my circumstances be my guide.

For instance, think about the story of Jonah. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh and preach there. Jonah told God he wasn’t going and even headed in the opposite direction. Here are the circumstances: There was a ship waiting in the port to head for Tarshish. Jonah had the money for a ticket. They had space on board for him to join them. Jonah gets on board. With everything lined up for him to go to Tarshish, he could have easily thought, “It must be God’s will!” But, boy, did it turn out to be the wrong move! I can’t trust circumstances only.

The Bible is filled with examples of when circumstances looked promising yet led to disaster.

In Acts 27 Paul was being taken to Rome as a prisoner. The night before his ship was scheduled to leave, God told Paul in his prayer time that the ship would head straight into a storm. Paul told the sailors and the captain, “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be disastrous and bring great loss to ship and cargo, and to our own lives also” (Acts 27:10 NIV).

Unfortunately, circumstances kept the men from listening to Paul’s warning: “When a gentle wind from the south started blowing, the men thought it was a good time to do what they had planned . . . Then a very strong wind named ‘The Northeaster’ blew against us from the island. The wind struck the ship, and we could not sail against it. So we let the wind carry the ship . . . We had a hard time holding the lifeboat in place” (Acts 27:13-16 CEV).

That is the story of many a believer who trusted in circumstances. The circumstances looked good but turned disastrous.

Circumstances can lead me the wrong way. I can misinterpret them, put unwarranted trust in them, and Satan can manipulate them. So it's always wise to check my circumstances against God’s Word.

Bottom line:
Delight in doing God's will, it is now deep within me.

What this means to me:
My desire is to do your will, for it is deep within me.

Just because circumstances seem to fall into place doesn’t mean it’s always right for me. It’s wise for me to check the circumstances against God’s Word and his promptings. This morning I pray Father for the Holy Spirit to remind me to check circumstances against what you have told and are telling me. I also ask father for your wisdom and guidance today to work through my tasks, lead my team and interact properly with others. These things I pray through your Son Jesus name, amen!