The most important thing you will ever do after accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior is to know what the will of God is for your life and to do it. It is human nature to plan our lives according to what we desire, but ever believer should never make such plan without first knowing what God’s plan is.
One thing you can be sure of is that God’s plan for you will be different than what you might think. God’s plan will not always seem logical, comfortable or easy -just ask Abraham, Moses, Gideon, David, Joseph and many other godly men of the Bible who have gone on before us. God’s thoughts are much higher than our thoughts, but it is the responsibility of the believer to not only know the will of God, but obeying the will of God is just as important. How do we know what the will of God is? God will order your steps through His Word, through His Spirit, through other believers speaking into your life and through circumstances that will push you forward into a new direction. If we are selfish and do not lay down our own plans, we will never be able to see God’s plan, for we must surrender and submit to God’s plan if we are to live victoriously. The result of submitting to God’s plan for your life will result in your achieving fulfillment, peace and victory in an amazing way.
God honors faith because faith honors God, and it will take faith, active faith, to trust God and let Him take control over every aspect of your life. If you find that you are at a stand still and you feel like there is something missing from your life, seek God with your whole heart and ask God to reveal His plan and purpose for you. Then submit and obey and when it is all said and done, you would have accomplished what many others don’t know how to do – you will be living a life that brings glory and honor to God.
I’m sure that you have heard the saying that no matter how bad you have it, there is someone out there who has it worse than you do. Therefore, you ought to be thankful for what you do have instead of dwelling on what you don’t have. The Bible tells us that we should be thankful in all things; meaning no matter what the circumstances are, you should be thankful to God not for the circumstances, but for the fact that He has promised never to leave you. In essence, you will never be alone whether you are facing a family crisis, a health crisis or a financial problem. God has promised to be there with you and to help you, so you do not have anything to fear.
It is a waste of energy to constantly think about what you don’t have or wish that your circumstances were different than what they are. Every good and perfect gift comes from above. There is nothing to gain when you are in that state of mind. Life will pass you by and you will miss precious moments that are right in front of you if you don’t open your eyes to see the blessings you do have. No one has been promised tomorrow. God extends His grace and mercy to you every day that He wakes you up, and for those of you who have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you also have the awesome blessing of having your sins forgiven and you can look forward to spending eternity in Heaven.
The children of God should make every day a thanksgiving day and not wait until the world designates one particular day of the year to be thankful. As you go about your normal activities this week, stop and thank God for what He has done for you and for what He has planned for you. You will realize that God has been so good to you and because of His everlasting love for you, you have much to be thankful for.
Psalm 34:10 contains an amazing promise from our heavenly Father. God has promised that for everyone who seeks Him, they shall not lack any good thing. Can it get any better than that? Yes, it can for in Malachi 3:11, God has also promised that He would rebuke the devourer for our sakes so that Satan will not be able to destroy the fruit of our ground, and we will reap our harvest in due season.
God is faithful, and what He has promised He will deliver – you can count on it and many, many people have already done so, and many, many people do so even now. It’s easy for us to get distracted with the activities of our daily lives and give to God whatever we have left at the end of the day, but God wants us to show Him how much we love Him by seeking Him first, and He even offers a reward for doing so. The one thing that we can always count on is change; people change, circumstances change but God will never change, and who better to take care of your needs and protect you and everyone you love, than the Lord God Almighty? John 10:10 tells us that ‘the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy but Jesus has come that we might have life and have it more abundantly.’
Seek God with your whole heart and watch how He fulfills His promise to you. You can rest in the fact that God is God and that nothing is impossible for Him. You do not have to live in fear wondering if you are going to have enough to survive. With God as your partner, everything you need will be given to you ‘according to His riches in glory.’ Make it a point to do your part and believe that God will do His, after all He is the ‘promise keeper.’
At some point in our lifetime, each of us will find ourselves in a waiting room. Before you can see your doctor you will spend time in the waiting room. Before surgery, you will find yourself in a waiting room, and one of the most frustrating things about the waiting room is you don’t know how long you will have to wait. Patience is a virtue and not all of us possess it yet. Society has groomed us to want and expect things now which tends to adversely affect our attitude while we are waiting.
God also has a waiting room. You might be in His waiting room today waiting on Him to answer your prayer or bring your dream into reality, but if we are to receive divine care, we must be willing to wait for only God knows the right time and place to meet your needs. You don’t get to know all the details of how and when God will show Himself in your life, but you must have faith that He will make Himself known to you. You must stand on His Word and trust Him because He knows the plans that He has for you, and sometimes to perfect His plan, you must spend time waiting. He will purify your motives if need be and humble you if necessary to make sure that when He does show up, you are in the position that you need to be in to receive all that He has for you.
Make good use of your time in God’s waiting room. Draw closer to Him; read His Word and pray that His will be done in your life. It’s better to wait on God than to get ahead of God and make something happen before it’s time. Your strength and your ability to handle what comes next can only be gained after spending time in God’s waiting room. So wait on the Lord and you will receive God’s promise to you right on time.