“It is God Who works in me both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13).
Nothing is more important in the life of the children of God than becoming fully persuaded that God does indeed lead his children on their journey from earth to heaven.
Besides building your confidence in God, I hope that this brief message helps you to face the great decisions of life. I hope it helps you this very week as you come to those moments when you must decide, when you come to those crossroads that everybody comes to, and you must make a decision.
It is my prayer that you will have confidence that God is leading you in exactly the direction he wants you to go.
Since God is in control of the minute details of life, you can relax, knowing that he will reveal his plan for your life step by step. God’s will is more like a sunrise than a sunburst.
Early in the morning the sun begins to peek above the eastern horizon. At first the sky lightens, then the first rays streak across the sky, then the rim of the sun begins to rise slowly from the earth.
Eventually the whole sun is revealed, rising until it dominates the sky, giving light to the earth, driving the darkness away.
God’s will is like that. At first we see his plan dimly, then the outline begins to emerge. Slowly over time, the clouds vanish, the darkness disappears, and the brightness of his presence fills our lives.
Do you get anxious at sunrise because all you can see is the tiny rim of the sun? No, because you know that you only have to wait to see the sun in all its brilliance.
The same is true of God’s plan for your life. We never see the whole thing in advance, but if we wait long enough, God reveals his will.
So relax! God is in charge. Soon enough the darkness will vanish and all that is vague will be made perfectly clear. God is in charge and he knows exactly what he is doing in your life.
Our response might be expressed in a prayer like this, “Loving Father, teach us to trust you. We want clear direction, and you say, ‘Give Me your heart.’ When we want precise answers, you say, “Trust me to do right.”
When we want to know about tomorrow, you say, “Follow me today.” So, Lord, help us today to give You our hearts individually and personally. Make us willing to be made willing to do your will in everything. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Then, as you walk through the day, express confidence that these words are true; “I am led by the Spirit of God for I am a son (or daughter) of God.” (Romans 8:14)
(Adapted with permission from author Dr. Ray Pritchard)
Pastor David M. Grey
Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church