Do you ever wonder how on earth you ended up messing up things once again? Especially when you thought you had asked God’s blessings on your projects? How did everything go wrong when you thought God was in your team?
These questions used to haunt me, too. Until I laid them to the Lord and asked him to explain me where I had gone wrong. How could I have avoided these pitfalls? How could I have made wiser decisions?
The answer to these questions was almost too simple. When I honestly looked back at my mistakes I realized that every time I’ve had ended up messing up things I had proceeded with my life without truly consulting the Lord. Just like Joshua and the israelites. “They didn’t ask for any decision from the LORD.” (Joshua 9:14, CEB)
Instead I had brought my decisions and plans to the Lord to be blessed and thought I was covered. But that’s not the way it works. We are to go to God without any ready-made plans. We are to ask for guidance with open minds and hearts. And we are to listen first and foremost to God and not other people. We need to grow our confidence in God and become bold in following his Word no matter what is popular in our neighborhood. We can be certain God’s will is not something that goes against the Bible.
It is great that we believe in God and we have accepted Jesus as our Savior. But we need to apply our beliefs into our lives! And also Jesus needs to be our Lord (not “just” our Savior) whom we obey. When we live what we believe we start acknowledging God in everything we do. Then we truly live by faith not by our own intelligence.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
don’t rely on your own intelligence.
Know him in all your paths,
and he will keep your ways straight.
(Proverbs 3: 5-6, CEB)
The more I rely on God, the more I pray. The more I pray, the more connected to God I become. We don’t need to retreat to pray for hours before every single decision we ever make. We just need to learn to pray as we go. By uttering a simple “Help me, God” prayer we acknowledge God and ask for his wisdom as we tackle the problems as they rise.
But, of course, when it comes to making big life decisions and plans, we might need to pray, listen, and wait for the answers quite some time. But when we start things with God, we can rest assured that God will be with us all the way. Life is so complicated that there is no way we can know what’s best for us. But when God Almighty is the One who is directing our paths we know he will keep our ways straight. This does not, of course, mean that even if we are in the center of God’s will, there would never be any problems in our lives. But we know even then “that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28, CEB)
Forgive us for being head-strong, stubborn, and unyielding.
Be literally our Lord and Savior.
Come and be our everything.
Guide us, direct our paths
because only You know what’s best for us.
Show us how to live out our faith.
Show us how to apply your Word into our lives.
Show us how to live in your grace.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How have you learned to apply your faith into your life?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn to rely on God in everything!
Giving thanks today for
#15 God’s guidance
#16 the Holy Spirit speaking to us
#17 God’s forgiveness
#18 new beginnings
#19 God’s loving-kindness
#20 spiritual growth
#21 Our God who personally cares for each of us
#22 spiritual friendships
#23 the Word of God
#24 God’s presence in our lives
#25 Our prayer-hearing God
#26 We have not been left to manage on our own
#28 The Holy Spirit dwelling in us
#29 Grace working in us
#30 God’s Light shining on us