I can think of innumerable times in my life when things didn't work out and my plans suddenly changed or I was delayed and could not get somewhere when I thought or said I would. These times are frustrating and inconvenient for all involved, but when looking back we see many times WHY what took place happened. Every time I see a gruesome accident on the highway on my side of the road, I think that if I had left home 30 minutes earlier, that might have been me in that accident.
If we genuinely trust God the way we say we do, we must accept that Father knows best in all matters. I do not believe God dictates our every move and I do not care to engage in a fruitless discussion of the subject; but I do believe that since God is Omniscient (all-knowing), He can guide and direct us in the best direction that keeps us safe and blessed if we allow Him to do so.
When I think back on my life, I see countless times when God was doing everything in His power to keep me out of trouble, but I was too stubborn to listen to Him. I can recall incidents, both great and small, when God opened a door for me to walk through but I decided to grab a pry bar and open the locked door next to God's open one. Why do we do such ridiculous things? Have we not all done them, or am I the only one on earth who is guilty of either missing God's instructions or flat out rejecting them?
So many times we allow our lives to get stuck on cruise control and we become oblivious to God's warnings and attempts to get us to slow down, speed up, go a different direction etc. Since we like the security of living in our comfort zone , we do not like being told to radically alter our lifestyle, plans, goals or desires. But, sometimes (for our own good) God will do everything He can, without overstepping our freedom of will, to get us to wake up and see things must change to prevent something bad from happening or allow something good to take place in our lives.
God is not in the business of rubber stamping all of our decisions with His blessings. He may allow us to leave home and end up feeding pigs (the parable of the prodigal son), but He does not have to sanction or put His hand of blessing upon what we are doing. It is indeed comforting to know that even when we end up far outside of the will of God, our loving Father will be waiting with open arms for us to come home to Him again.
Proverbs 3:5 and 6 instruct us to trust in the Lord with all of our heart and not lean upon our own understanding. It also tells us that if we acknowledge the Lord in all of our ways, He will direct our paths. As simple as this sounds, it is one of the most difficult things in life to accomplish. We are taught from an early age to lean upon our own understanding and trust in what we have been taught etc. This may be a wise thing to do in many situations but in other ones, it may end up costing us our lives.
I have always believed that God has endowed us with a spiritual gut . Many times we just feel deep inside us that something is right or wrong even though nothing in the senses realm seems to back it up. If we disregard our gut we usually end up kicking ourselves later when something bad happens or we miss out on something good. This gut is otherwise known as that still small voice within us which is God at work within us to will and to do of His good pleasure.
To walk in God's blessings, protection and wisdom, we must learn to hear and heed that still small voice. We must learn to NOT lean on our own intellect, skills or training if deep within us there is a gut feeling the will of God is something different. When we let go and let God direct our paths, we will end up where He wants us, doing what He wants us to be doing and living in the center of His will. Isn't that what we really want?
Yeah that is what many people are saying !
But they say it ,but they mean it only when it is the good times .
Be forever blessed
"Have we not all done them, or am I the only one on earth who is guilty of either missing God's instructions or flat out rejecting them?"
NO! -- You are NOT "the only one on earth who is guilty of either missing God's instructions or flat our rejecting them..." I certainly am "guilty" of this myself -- more times than I care to think about. But thank God for his merciful forgiveness and loving-kindness; and... I SO love the following reminder you gave us when you wrote:
"It is indeed comforting to know that even when we end up far outside of the will of God, our loving Father will be waiting with open arms for us to come home to Him again." That makes me SO happy.
For a number of years, I would ask God for help in a particular situation and then immediately set about to attempt to fix it myself. I called it "inspiration" or "creative problem-solving". I would get a sudden idea of how it could be fixed and rather than make sure that my inspiration indeed came from God, I would blithely assume that it was and go on my merry way. That was a mistake because in reality the situation wasn't really solved. I had just simply patched it up a bit and with time, the problem stealthily grew bigger and bigger until one day... sigh...
God is merciful and full of grace. Yes, He did allow me to suffer the consequences of some unwise choices but when I was finally ready to listen to Him, He was willing to teach me and help me how to handle things properly. Over the past four years, He has been helping me climb out of the hole I had gotten myself into. It hasn't been a quick fix and it is not over yet but I am almost out of it. In the meantime, God has also opened up the doors for me to help others who find themselves in similar circumstances.
We simply must learn to trust God, even when we do not understand or when we think we have a better way. We don't. We never do. We just think we do.