The sixth entry in my journey towards a deeper relationship with God.
The God we serve has greatness in store for us. A life with him is no “nice, little life,” as John Eldredge is quick to point out, but he has called us to live a life of purpose. There is no doubt that you have a destiny, and that you matter. You absolutely matter.
You may disagree. You may feel like you have no talents, you have no gifts, or, worse, you have no purpose. But let me ask you this – by whose standards are you using to measure your worth? Because if you feel that way, even by the slightest amount, I have strong reason to suspect that you are not seeing your value in light of how God sees you.
And let me tell you… all He sees in you is beauty and potential. You do not possess anything less.
And he’s expecting big things from us, as all proud and loving fathers should. But how do we know where to go? How do we even go about reaching that uber destiny we are all called to come into?
It’s simple, really. We ask him. We talk to God. That’s it.
Let me tell you, it’s been really difficult to do this. You know, talking to God, asking him where to go, what to pray for, what I should be doing at this very moment. Well, to be more accurate, the hardest part is letting God actually answer your question. Sometimes I already have my mind made up before I ask him, and I do it either without seeking his counsel, or I do it anyway despite hearing a slightly different response. It’s like I’m merely checking in with God at that point, telling him what I’m going to be doing today, and doing it whether or not I receive his permission.
This can be dangerous, because I learned that I am not genuinely putting myself into God’s plan for the day. I am not quieting my spirit and surrendering my will to him, and I am not allowing him to guide me the way he wants. Too often we ask God what we should do with our lives, and when he gives us a response that we don’t particularly care for, or seems very confusing or inconvenient, we say in our hearts, “never mind God, forget I asked.”
I’ve made this mistake thousands of times. Literally. And I’m still making that mistake. And I’ve realized that if I don’t live a life of quiet surrender to God and his will, I may very well never achieve that destiny he has in store. I may never meet that significant person he has in store. Worse yet, I may never become that significant person he has in store.
Yes, God has that wonderful plan for your life. But in order to get there, he absolutely needs to be Lord over the little things in your life. Those day to day, minute to minute decisions… that’s where God wants to have dominion over. And we have to give it to him if we ever want to experience the greatness of the life he wants us to live.
Why? Well, let’s look at what the Bible says.
“Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much.” (Luke 16:10 HCSB)
Oh. Well there you go.
We need to humbly accept the answers God gives us when we ask him. It’s the only way our hearts and lives can be prepared for his full and ultimate blessing. Too often I ask God what is the right thing to do, and never follow through with nor apply the answer he supplies me with. I realize I have to stop that. I realize that when I ask God for an answer, I must first quietly surrender my own opinions and ideas so that I can take up the truth God is placing in my heart.
There will come a day (many days, in fact) when God will ask us to do things that place us exceedingly outside our comfort zones. In those moments, we need to trust in God completely to get through what he has planned. How can we expect to successfully trust him with bigger issues when we can’t even listen to him when he asks us to submit to the small stuff?
Truth be told, though, it’s so great that we can ask him. It’s so great that we can seek him and find him. It’s so great that we have an ensured future in him. It’s so great that we can fully and confidently trust in what he has promised to people like us who have found such love and adoration for him.
“For I know the plans I have for you” – [this is] the Lord’s declaration – “plans for [your] welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you” – the Lord’s declaration – “and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and places where I banished you” – the Lord’s declaration. “I will restore you to the place I deported you from.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14)
As a side note, lately, as I have been getting closer to God, he has been showing me a lot of prayer windows. I used to have those promptings before when people would tell me that they’re looking for a job, that they’re looking for a new place to live, or that they’re stressed with school… but I never used to take them. Now, God has been giving me courage and boldness to offer quick prayers for people, and I have found that it helps them a lot. It helps me a lot too. I’ve had the opportunity to pray with friends, roommates, and even for the guy who hooks me up at my neighborhood Jack-in-the-Box! Haha, can you even imagine?
The Lord seriously does work in the craziest of ways, but the bottom line is that Godworks. He absolutely works.
So Lord, help me. Forgive me for seeking you and still doing things my way. I repent of my pride and independence and I submit to your will and what you want to do in me daily. Give me the strength to trust you, even in the little things that don’t even seem to matter. I put my trust in everything that you are doing, and I trust that things will make sense in due time. But for now, help me to just simply follow you, Lord. Thank you for making it so easy for me to love you.