Have you ever wanted something so bad? You tried so hard to make it work but it just wasn’t working. So you get frustrated and get down. You can’t figure out why it isn’t working. You’ve prayed continually. You’ve been patient. Yet, you haven’t gotten anywhere. You feel like you are following your heart and that it is in God’s will for you to reach this goal. Yet, it seems like God is making you wait for something that he could put in motion in mere seconds. But why isn’t he?
Maybe God really does want you to achieve that goal, get that job, or receive healing. However, His good and perfect timing is usually a lot different from ours. Maybe there’s some obstacles in our path that God foresees but we aren’t aware of. Maybe we need to overcome those obstacles before we get to where we want to be. Or maybe God just doesn’t think it is the right time.
Further, there’s another possible explanation. What if God doesn’t really want that for us? He very well might have something completely different planned for us. Maybe it’s something we never would have previously considered. Maybe He has a better way of bringing a blessing to you or wants you to bless someone else. What if He is testing your faith and wants you to take the proverbial road less travelled? The path might be rough but the blessings will be great! God could be stretching our comfort zones, asking us to do a task that would require a lot of courage on our part.
All in all, we can’t give up. We might have to let go of our wants and change our plans but, in the end, it is for the better. God knows what is best for us, even if we think we should be taking another path. Keep a strong faith, pray diligently, and trust that God will lead you where you need to be. Don’t be afraid to follow your goals and dreams but also listen to what the Spirit is telling you.
Todays post is a devotion written by Claire Cloninger that I found in my Bible and would like to share with you. God lives within us!
Jesus desires to be even closer to us than a brother or a friend. He is not only the God who is above us and the God who has come among us; he is also the God who desires to dwell within us. This is the fact that the apostle Paul described in Colossians 1:17 as “the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” It is the wonder he describes in Galatians 2:20 when he says, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.”
This is the mystery we were made to contain: the very life of Jesus. He means to love out the reality of who he is right here within the reality of who we are. He means to be our lives – the breath in our lungs, the thoughts in our heads, the energy and creativity in our jobs, the love in our hearts. He means to take on the stress and unravel the inner complications so that we can move through our lives just as he did, in gentleness and simplicity and harmony.
We were never intended to be more than containers: temples to contain his glory (1 Corinthians 3:16-17), branches to contain the sap of his life (John 15:1-8), vessels to contain the new wine of his Spirit (Romans 9:20-21). We are the glove; he is the hand. We are the cup; he is the coffee. We are the lamp; he is the light.
This is what we were made for. This is the intended purpose of the human person and personality; not to be gods, but to contain God. This is the kind of unity that was present in the garden but that is sadly missing in this world. It is the sheer simplicity of God’s design that was shattered by humanity’s sin. And it is the reason that Jesus came and cared and was tortured and killed and laid in a tomb and raised to life again… so that he could give us another shot at being what we were intended to be.