By Jill Daniels
So many changes, so many ups and downs.
That describes my past year. I’ve been trying to figure out what God wants for my life, and where I’m at in the timeline of pursuing those goals. I’ve come to feel as if the goals I would have liked to have in life aren’t exactly what God wants for me. The things I have seen Him bring me seem less than what I would have expected.
I have great expectations for myself and what I could do for His Kingdom, yet He’s moving me along a path that I don’t see as valuable to Him.
I’ve spent this year wondering why He would bring me down a path that isn’t, in my eyes, very holy or even spiritual. Maybe it’s to humble me. Now that I think of it, I have asked time and time again that God would humble me more. Maybe it’s to show me that I can’t do things on my own, to show me that He can use me more in my weakness.
Ultimately though, I think it’s to show me that the path He has for me is the best for me.
In Psalm 84:11 it says, “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
This verse applies directly to where I’m at right now. I feel like I could be honoring God even more on a different path, bringing Him more glory and myself more joy. Even then, God is not withholding good from me or from Himself. He is taking me down a certain path for my good. Whichever path He has for me is better than any path I could dream up…even if it seems my path would bring Him more glory.
This could apply to many life decisions or vocations. It could be singleness versus marriage; corporate world versus mission field; stay-at-home mom versus working mom; and the list goes on. We put certain life paths into the “holy” or “less holy” boxes, only to hurt our walk with God in the process.
I propose a New Year’s resolution to become more secure in where God has us right now.
Let’s learn more about who we are in Christ and what He is doing in our lives.
Let’s be open to things that might not look as holy or spiritual as what we would have hoped, knowing that God knows best for us and isn’t withholding good things from us.
Let’s be done listening to our culture and to ourselves that what we are doing isn’t valuable enough.
If we are following God, then we can be secure in our identities—because it’s not us who are calling the shots, it’s the King of the Universe, our Father!
God, I pray that you would teach us this year what it means to follow you with our lives, even when what you have for us doesn’t exactly match what we think we are capable of doing. Humble us Lord and allow us to come to a place where we don’t know how to do things on our own. And when we come to that place I pray that you would help us to depend on you completely. We love you, Lord, and thank you for a fresh start with this New Year!
Spend some time today reading 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17. What have you been called to through the gospel of Christ? According to verse 16, what has your Lord Jesus Christ given you?