"In their hearts humans plan their course,
but the Lord establishes their steps." -Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)
Have you ever tried to make something happen for yourself? Have you ever wanted something so badly that you almost willed it to be yours, and then God took it? I've been there, and honestly, it's the most frustrating thing ever. It's like, you tell God what you think is best for your life, and then He proves Himself sovereign, snatching that magic carpet out from underneath you, leaving you looking like who done it and WHY 😭? No, but seriously, if you stop and be honest with yourself, you already know who did it--God, of course--and there's really no need to ask why. He didn't allow what you wanted to happen because your will did not align with His.
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When you're praying for things you want, you have to be able to distinguish your own voice, thoughts, feelings, and emotions from the voice of God. You have to open yourself up to hear Him clearly, even if He tells you something you don't want to hear. If you mistake your will for His, you could alter the course of your life. It's okay to tell God what you want, but don't overstep your mortal boundaries. Here's an example of how I pray when I'm asking for something I want:
Lord, You know my heart, and You know my needs. My desire is [insert what you want here], but my ultimate desire is to please You. If [insert what you want here] is Your will for my life, point me toward it clearly, and help me figure out my next move. If [insert what you want here] is not Your will for my life, make that clear to me, and help me be at peace with it. Show me how to walk along the path You have paved for me, and let Your will be done and not mine. Strengthen my faith and remind me that You are still good and still in control. In Jesus's name, amen.
This prayer is not perfect by any means, but it's definitely a good starting point. The main idea here is that you should always want what God wants for your life. He can flip the script whenever He wants to. It may not seem like it right now, but when you look back at this moment, His change of plans will make perfect sense. When you really know that He loves you, no matter how much your flesh wants to settle for what it wants, your spirit won't accept anything less than what you need. God's will is always worth it. #WednesdayWisdom