Day 143: When Things Don’t Go My Way, Yahweh (May 23)

I have been thinking about my ideas and plans for life.  Scripture says: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.”  Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.  What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” James 4:13-15

Often without meaning to do so, we begin to plan God out of our lives.  With well meaning hearts we sometimes decide what God’s best is for our lives and refuse to listen to the still, small voice inside that is directing us in a way that maybe we find offensive or discouraging, even though it’s the voice of Wisdom.

I am increasingly aware of my challenges with hearing God say things I don’t really desire to hear.  Have you been guilty of this as well?

When God seemingly changes direction, I often feel it’s because I have done something wrong.  Why would I feel this way?

Change in our life keeps us from getting stuck in a rut.  It helps us to not confine God to a box.  It is necessary.

Change.  It can seem like a cuss word.  Can’t it?

Do you trust God in your ever-changing seasons?  Are you willing to remain flexible?

I know we’ve looked at this verse before, but God is saying it again…..

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.  Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

Our God desires such close intimacy with us that He will keep things flowing so you must listen and be near.  Isn’t it often when we feel we have a good hold of life, we draw further away from Him.  It’s foolishness.  Choose today what is better, intimacy with the Father.  Take a minute and go before Him.  He is here.  He longs for you.

God, forgive me for the times I have become inflexible for one reason or another.  I want to always heed Your voice.  Let my ears ever be tuned for Your slightest sound.  You alone are God.  I am Yours.  In Jesus name, Amen.