So there is that thing that you have been praying for now for quite awhile. I know it seems like you have been waiting forever for God to get this done for you right? What in the world could He be waiting on? Clearly this is the absolute best thing for you, so what is the hold up?
So why not just go ahead and take matters into your own hands right? After all, “God helps those who help themselves” right? So go ahead and jump right in with both feet and begin manipulating your circumstances so that you can get what you want and you can even save God the trouble of having to mess with it right?
Well this is exactly what we tend to end up doing so many times in our lives and when we do, when we get ahead of God and His perfect timing, we lose out on God’s best for our lives.
So why is it that we get in God’s way so much? Let me outline it for you in the hopes that you will be able to apply this lesson to your own life and learn to stay out of God’s way.
WHY WE GET IN GOD’S WAY:
- We do not understand the entire story – sometimes God’s will is simply explainable or it may even seem unreasonable from our perspectives because it may involve long waiting periods, or even going through pain or heartache, so we jump in His way to avoid the exact thing He is trying to get us through to make us more like Jesus.
- We fail to see the cause of hurt as God’s tool to accomplish something in our lives – we often feel like the Christian life should be trouble free. Therefore if our expectations of a comfortable life are not met, we try to change God’s plans.
- We are ignorant of His plan – even in our pain and suffering we may be exactly where God wants us to be, yet we hate pain of any kind, so we fuss and fidget until we get free of it, when God wanted us to rely on Him to get through it.
- We are ignorant of God’s ways – God often times uses our difficult situations to shape our character into God’s image. When we lose sight of God’s ways, we begin thinking our ways are better. FACT – our ways are NEVER better than God’s ways, EVER!
- We interfere because of our selfishness – being in the center of God’s will requires we deny ourselves. Contrary to popular belief, we do NOT have to have absolutely everything we want at this very moment. Sometimes God tells us to either wait on something or else He gives us something better than we wanted originally. But if we get in His way, we will get the awful leftovers.
Have you ever gotten in God’s way? What was the result of that? My guess is, not as good as it could have been if you had patiently waited for God to send you His best on a silver platter. Be patient. Let God be God and do His thing. You will be glad you did!!
Pastor Brad Komgenick