Have you ever found yourself in a mess? A mess of your own making? Sinful choices wreak chaos and mayhem in our lives, but maybe the mess is just a natural result of two opposing forces: desire and ability or human reasoning vs godly wisdom or our expectations and God’s plan for the situation. We pray, we ask God for direction, we look to His Word for guidance; but sometimes we still find ourselves in a pickle. Such situations often demand an attitude adjustment as the road we’ve set out on isn’t as smooth as we hoped. Having been in many such predicaments myself, I am very aware that not even the smallest of commitments or opportunities should be considered without prayer. However, I am also fully convinced that my frustrated or disappointed expectations for a situation aren’t reliable guides either. Thank God for His promise that if we trust in the Lord with all our heart and do not lean on our own understanding, if in all our ways we acknowledge Him, then He will make our paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
God doesn’t control our ability to apply common sense, nor does He keep us from biting off more than we can chew. Nor does He promise that His “perfect” way is free of trials. Since God alone is capable of judging hearts and motives, and since no one can claim to rise above the depths of the heart’s deceitfulness (Jeremiah 17:9); it makes sense to talk less and listen more — to wait for the wisdom of the Lord (Ecclesiastes 5:1-3), to allow Him to prune and lead as He sees fit.
God knows us and our situation intimately. He charts the path ahead of us. He cannot be fooled by our flawed reasoning or our passionate convictions. In the end, we will each give account to Him (Romans 14:12 & 2 Corinthians 5:10). Therefore, He should be our judge and decision maker — not our own thoughts or the opinions of others.
So the next time you find yourself needing to make adjustments, consider and pray. For myself, this has become my prayer: “Lord make it my heart’s desire to stay within the boundaries of Your plan for me. Keep me and move me as You would.
Put me on trial, LORD, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. Psalm 26:2 (NLT)
About the Writer:
Lyndsay has been many things in her past, but no career, experience, or calling define her more than the desire to follow after Christ in response to His gracious work in her life. At present, she teaches movement classes and works as a wellness consultant in addition to raising her daughter to know and love the Lord.