If you’ve ever had a teenager, you know what it’s like when you tell them the right way to do something, only to realize later they obviously disagreed with your wise counsel and did it another way. For example, you tell your kid over and over they better study for a test, but based on the low grade you find out about later, they clearly did not listen to your advice.
Wonder if that’s how God ever feels about us? He tells us the way to go about something, but based on our actions, we have told Him we disagree because we want to do it our way. In the study, Experiencing God, that’s called “God’s plans versus our plans.” That is the human condition – doing it our way instead of God’s way.
Think, for instance, about the people of Israel as Moses was leading them into the Promised Land. Moses so badly wanted to get them there, but that three-month journey turned into forty years because they didn’t want to make the trip God’s way.
First, God gave them His choice for their leader, Moses, but they complained about him, then they continued to grumble about everything else – the journey, the food, the water, other leadership, and their fellow travelers. Collectively, they even told Moses and God that they didn’t believe God could help them conquer those already living in the land of Canaan – this from people who had seen God part the Red Sea!
Sadly, we are the same much of the time. For example, He tells us over and over in the Scriptures to read His Word and pray regularly in order to get to know Him in a personal way so that He can use us in mighty ways. Yet, we find it difficult to fit that in – maybe because a project at work demands you get to the office early, maybe because the kids have too many activities that day, maybe because you’re not a morning person, you’re not a night person, maybe because your friend wants to meet for coffee, maybe you’re too tired – regardless of the excuses, we are telling God that His plan for us to spend daily time with Him is not the best way to have a real relationship with Him.
Our days would be better and our life journey so much easier if we could just live our lives according to God’s plan.
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” Joshua 1:8
Today, ask God to help you be obedient to Him.