Recently I posted a quote that stated: “There’s no need to beg and plead with God, he wants to bless you. Lay that problem at his feet and walk in the confidence of knowing that he is working it out on your behalf.” Soon after, I found myself sitting at my desk silently whispering “please God please” about something I was waiting for him to do in my life, and I just had to stop and laugh. Needless to say, it’s often easier to give advice than to follow your own – kind of the do as I say and not as I do syndrome – but the truth of the matter is: In this life, your plans won’t always coincide with God’s will and when this happens feelings of disappointment, frustration and dare I say…anger are soon to follow.
Anger because God had the power to work that thing out in your favor, and didn’t. Frustration because once again you stepped out on faith and fell flat on our face; and disappointment because the scripture says you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, yet you are left feeling weak and defeated.
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.–Proverbs 19:21
It’s a terrible feeling to set your sights on something, go after it with all you got, and have it not work out the way you hoped. Believe me, I have been down that road a time or three. I’ve had job interviews where I fasted and prayed, went to the interview with my stomach growling from hunger…and still didn’t get the job. But somewhere during the process I felt in my spirit that it was not the right job for me, and I proceeded anyway because the alternative, staying where I was, seemed far worse.
Fortunately for us, our heavenly father doesn’t operate in the land of good enough, and he won’t give you every little desire that sweeps across your heart. You can beg and plead with him in prayer but he already knows if that request is the best thing for you, or if it will lead to a dead-end road. Desperate prayers are often the product of fear or impatience. Fear of being trapped in a bad situation, or desperation to get out. Either way, God holds the map and the key, once the lessons have been learned and the purpose has been served, then and only then will he bring you out.
The LORD will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. – Isaiah 58:11
Not everyone is guided by his strong hand, but if you have a calling on your life to be more and do more, then expect him to keep a tight rein on your path. It’s the dessert experiences, or as I call them, the Karate Kid “wax on wax off” moments of life that teaches us all those invaluable lessons we wouldn’t have learned otherwise. It has been in the most trying times of my life that I have grown and matured the most.
Life’s Disappointments often lead way to God’s Divine Appointment
Life is about transformation…And yes, it comes with its own set of disappointments and setbacks, heartaches and headaches but rest assured, whenever God takes you through a process not only will he restore you in the end, but he will transform your mind until the desires of your heart begin to match the desires of his. Then there will be less wrong turns and more right decisions; less begging and pleading in prayer and more seeking and thanking, because spiritual maturity takes place at the point where you can trade in your will for his…knowing that his will is best.
Have faith in the process!
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