It’s funny how we can pray everyday and yet be so disconnected from God. But we’ve been talking to Him, right? So there’s no way we can’t be “in tune” with Him, right? Except…..what exactly are we seeking God for? Our will or His will? When we associate our desires apart from God we're actually limiting ourselves to the things that our finite minds can think of as opposed to the infinite wisdom of God. We want our own way so bad that we allow the devil to convince us that what God desires for us won't measure up to the grand plans that we have for our lives. This couldn't be more false. The devil's greatest attack on us is to somehow get us to believe that God is withholding something good from us. We often throw tantrums with God for closing a door that we deemed as "good" not realizing that God was only protecting us from something we thought we could handle.
"We make our own paths first and THEN try to trust God, then wonder why things never work out."
There have been too many times to count that I've hesitated on going to God first with the desires of my heart. Sounds silly I know, but that's only because I was more interested in what Leah had planned and was afraid that God's desires would mess them up. Like if I prayed for God's will I'd be on the first thing smoking to Zimbabwe on a missions trip (absolutely no offense to those who are called to ministry in Zimbabwe lol). It's as if we've convinced ourselves that our way is better than God's way. We tend to get Proverbs 3:5-6 backwards. We make our own paths first and THEN try to trust God, then wonder why things never work out.
"When our hearts intent is to please God first, THEN He grants us the desires of our heart."
One of my favorite scriptures and also one of the most wrongly used scriptures is Psalms 37:4, where the psalmist says, “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you your heart's desires.” We hear that scripture and we run with it….so much to the point that we skip through the beginning part and focus on the latter. We're so quick to forget that, “delight yourself in the Lord,” which is SO key! The word “delight” by definition means to “greatly please.” When our heart’s intent is to please God first, THEN He grants us the desires of our heart. Why? Because those desires are coming from Him. When we make it our mission to serve God first, He begins to plant specific desires in our heart....and the beautiful thing is…..it will all be for His glory.
Stop allowing the enemy to convince you that God won't give you His best in every area of your life. Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has "plans for good and not for disaster." When you seek God first for EVERYTHING, you'll never be off-track or off-schedule, you'll be exactly where He wants you to be. Remember: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take.......and I guarantee you, His path is worth taking.
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