Psalm 37:3-5 Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act.
Do you know what God is calling you to do?
How much time do we spend trying to figure out what God’s will is for our lives and what our purpose is?
My guess is, a lot. TOO much.
I’ve heard it said many times that God places your dreams in your heart for a reason. I used to operate in the all-out wholehearted belief of that. I had the attitude and mindset that I would be obedient to whatever God was telling me to do. Nothing else mattered. God would work the rest out, right? My attitude was “I’m serving God. I’m being obedient to Him and His Will for my life. What can go wrong?”
Boy, was I ever naïve and on a path to a serious wake-up call. And I sure got it.
Having lived a bit of life, I already had the experience behind me to know that we can plan our lives all we want, our lives are not ours and our plans should be written in pencil. God can, and will, interrupt our plans as He sees fit.
Ever heard of a man named Saul and a place called the Damascus Road?
But what happens when the plans we feel were God’s plans don’t work out either? It can be heartbreaking, it can be confusing, it can be discouraging.
Truth? I don’t have that answer.
What I do know is that we can get things wrong. We can turn them upside down and begin to worship our calling rather than the caller. We can get so caught up in moving puzzle pieces around and trying to make things happen, that we forget who is ultimately in control and who we should be focused on. If I’ve learned nothing else (and I hope I have), I’ve learned that God will not bless anything that we put in front of Him!
What am I called to do? Worship God. Serve God. Period.
And I’m fine with that. And if there ever comes a time that I’m not (and believe me, it happens), I let God put me in check. My type A, driven, make-things-happen, high energy, go-go-go personality and fiery passion for the Kingdom has to be put in check and reminded that my passion, my love, my focus, and my drive should be in learning, loving, and serving God with everything I have.
I can work, I can plan, I can strategize, I can hope, and I can dream…but instead I chose to focus on God, take each day as it comes, and be faithful wherever He puts me. I preach the Gospel to myself and get on my knees every single day and THANK Him for saving me from what I truly deserve, which is an eternity in Hell for my wicked and rebellious soul.
Anything else is a blessing. And if it doesn’t come, that’s okay. I get to worship God, and I get to spend eternity with Him.
And if that’s ever not enough, I’m thankful that He loves me enough not to give me the desires of my heart.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the LORD weighs the heart