Saturday, December 29, 2012

Resolving to find God's will

It’s that time of the year again. End of one year and the beginning of another. It always strikes me funny that people try to make resolutions at this time of the year. Things that they want to change, or quit or become better at …they resolve that THIS is the year to do it. No matter if it is eating better, or exercising more, or quitting a bad habit, seems like New Year’s Resolutions only last but a few days before they are easily forgotten.
When it comes to changing something in my life, I don’t want to just write it down on paper, I want to write it in my heart and spirit. It is there that change will take place. Often times we try to make changes in our life before consulting God. No resolution will stick unless we seek God’s will for our life.

 Look at Habakkuk…he was complaining to God about his situation. He was tired of not knowing God’s will for His people. But the Lord said to Habakkuk:

 “Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.” (Habakkuk 2:2)

Wouldn’t it be great if God would write His will for our lives on a tablet and just present it to us. Things would be so much easier. We wouldn’t need to make resolutions, we could just refer back to the tablet. Unfortunately, this isn’t how it works. He does have a wonderful plan for each of us, just as Jeremiah 29:11 points out, but He wants us to seek Him to find out what that plan is.

So many people get in a panic if they do not know what God’s will is for their lives. Recently, someone I know went into a frenzy because they did not know what they were suppose to do five years down the road. They felt a need to know all of the answers for tomorrow TODAY. But that isn’t walking in faith. Sometimes we have to just walk in faith to find His will.

All of us would love to see how life is going to turn out, but instead of worrying about 5 or ten years from now or even our entire life span, perhaps, we should concentrate on finding and doing God’s will for today.

Scripture gives us clear guidelines on seeking Gods will…let’s start here today and leave the rest of our life up to Him:

1.      Give thanks in ALL things
( 1 Thessalonians 5:18)

2.      SEEK the counsel of others
(Proverbs 11:14)

3.      GLORIFY GOD in our bodies
(1 Corinthians 6:19,20)

 4.      DO GOOD!
(1 Peter 2:15)

5.      ACCEPT CHRIST and have eternal life
(John 6:40)

Are you seeking God’s will for your life? Start with these clear instructions and see if God doesn’t direct your path.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight.” PROVERBS 3:5,6


Denise said...

Awesome post.

Heather said...

Great post, Laurie! I like to know the future and how it will happen. It can be so hard sometimes to wait on God and not know what the future holds immediately. Love you and your inspirational life.