I sat and listened as a lady shared how she was at a crossroad in her life. She had two different directions before her. She shared that she didn’t have a clear understanding of which would be best for her. Therefore, she decided to put both of her options on a piece of paper. After writing both of her options onto separate pieces of paper, she went in search of a bowl. Once she had obtained a bowl, she dropped them in. As she swirled them round and round in the bowl, she proclaimed, “I don’t know what I should do, so whichever I pick out of the bowl, must be God’s will” Then she closed her eyes, reached into the bowl and made her selection. She opened her eyes and read the direction. She then looks at her friend and shares, “This is obviously the will of God. There’s is no reason for me to be nervous. After all, I picked this direction out of the bowl.” She glances at her friend looking slightly guilty and blurts out, “All right! I only cheated a little and peeked when I picked. Sometimes God needs some help!”
Can you relate? Do you ever feel that way? You want to trust God but you think if you “help” out then things will go faster, easier or maybe quicker if you are helping…
Too many times we can be found guilty of trying to help God out. The problem is our plans are second rate compared to the awesomeness of God’s plans for us. In Jeremiah 29:11 we read, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
See, God tells us that he has a plan that is good and that it is one that will give us a future.
So what do we need to do? We need to step back and let God direct. Most of all, we need to understand that God doesn’t need our help. He does, however, invite us to walk with Him. He needs to do the leading. We need to do the following.
Therefore, the next time you are inclined to help God out, remember the council given to us in Proverbs 16:9, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”
First, IF this is the direction you should go.
Second, WHEN you should go and
Lastly, WHAT you need to know and/or learn as you go.
Cause in the end, we want to live assured that we are living in the promise found in Jeremian 29:11, ”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Till we meet again my friend!