Daily Devotion

Living Outside of God’s Will

We have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. (Colossians 1:9)

I know people that hate to hear the saying “everything happens for a reason.”  I have come to create my own interpretation of that saying, with expansion and real life application.  Marquita’s phrase:  “There are things in life that happen with no explanation, with no possible way for you to understand them when they happen.  But as a Christian, we can rest assured that God will use them for our good–our good meaning strengthening, sculpting, defining, and sometimes pruning.  But your faith should reinforce the fact that it will all be understood at Jesus’ coming and that it will ultimately prepare you for some situation that you could not have otherwise gotten through without it.”—MBP everyday lol.

But sometimes when we want to make our own way and forget about God’s way, we push ourselves outside of God’s will.  When that happens, we often get much more than we bargained for, ending up disappointed and disheartened.  We have self-inflicted crises of faith and want to run away from God.  Or we become “conditional Christians”–bowing and praying to God for deliverance from these difficult times and cursing Him when we don’t get what we want.  Listening to what God wants from you sometimes hurts because it may mean that your wants and desires have to align themselves with that will–sometimes it cannot be done.  At this very moment in my life, I want to move, go back to school, win the lottery (lol), get married and have children, and live happily ever after.  But clearly life isn’t a fairy tale!  Who’s to say that will happen in that order or even at all???  I have a mentee that needs me which means sacrificing my desire to move at the present moment; I have student loans and medical bills which means going to school full-time is out of the question; only God knows whether and when the other things will happen.  But I’m okay with that because I know that God will work it all out!  He’s no respecter of persons so everything entitled to me is entitled to you.

Check out these scriptures on the Will of God…good stuff! http://www.psalm40.org/verses.html

And this one: 
http://counseling4christians.com/Scriptures/will%20of%20God.htm

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