It is better to live right and be poor than to be sinful and rich.
If we feel we aren’t able to reach God with our prayers, the fault lies only in us. He is right there waiting to give us the blessings we need and deserve. It is not God who is closing off the channels of communication; this is our issue to resolve. He is wide open even when we remain closed. Although you may be certain that you have “given it over to Him,” there may be something in your flesh that isn’t completely relinquishing your illusion of control.
It doesn’t matter that you “say” you are giving it to Him to take care of if you are on pins and needles waiting to see, like a child on Christmas eve waiting for Santa, if He is going to bring you what you have been praying for. If we don’t truly surrender and let our desire to control or manipulate or even to wish our desired outcome into being, we aren’t really “open” to receiving God’s will for our lives. We must receive it as He presents it, not as we hope it will be. In other words, sometimes what He sends and what we pray for are not the same thing. We must receive His will for us and not deflect those outcomes which fail to please our flesh. There is always a good reason for what He sends our way.
For example, when I left my job about a month ago I was following God’s prompting to do so. I had nothing lined up and I wasn’t sure how I was going to be able to support myself. I just knew that I needed to do what He said to do. I applied for high paying jobs in my field of “expertise,” hoping that I could make a better life for my daughter and I if I were making more money. Now, I knew this was stupid because I had tried making that “better life” once before and I hated it. And so, I prayed. I didn’t actually pray for a $60,000 a year job with full benefits, but I was hoping for one. What He sent was a $12,000 a year, part-time job with no benefits. I received it. And now, a few weeks into things, I am happier than I have been in a long time. I have what I need to survive and my life is basically peaceful. I enjoy going to work and I look forward to the work I am doing. I like everything about it and I know that He means for this to lead me further down the path He has set for me and onto the next level.
God always wants better for us than what we want for ourselves. Where I have been willing to settle, He is not. And though we may feel the urge to turn our noses up at what He gives us, we must lay aside our idea of what is perfect. We must forget what we desire and look to Him for the answers that make sense in His plan for us.
What scares you the most? What have you been failing to receive because you just can’t let Him do what He wants to do in your life? What has He sent your way recently that didn’t seem to measure up to your standards? Why? Can you see your mistake now? Do you really want what He has for you? It’s really not your call, though many of us go through our whole lives thinking that if He isn’t delivering on our prayers in exactly the way we think He should, then He just doesn’t love us or want us to be happy. I assure you, it’s certainly not a matter of God withholding His love. He always knows what is best for us and when we are prepared to accept that, every blessing He sends our way will make perfect sense and bring perfect joy.
Trust the Lord and follow Him. He will give you the land and you will see the wicked destroyed.
My name is Rebecca Benston. I’m a Christian. I’m a woman. I’m a mother. I’m a writer. I’m a thinker. When I write fiction, I am usually writing a mystery series called The Rona Shively Stories. My P.I. character, Rona Shively is feisty, fearless and fabulous and is usually caught up in something she doesn’t want to be caught up in. In addition to this series, I also have a blog called Higher Ground for Life. Through this blog, I’m hoping to reach women or anyone who is seeking to develop a relationship with God and give them inspiration to get out there and follow His path for their lives!
I also have a blog called Leading the Follower. This one is my favorite. I write about religion, faith, spirituality and all that goes along with it. What we believe, what we don’t believe, what we are told to believe and how society feels about believing in general. I do a lot of testifying here and some of what I say may make you angry. Most of it will make you think. Some of it will make you cry. Any of it could make you laugh. It’s really up to you.
If you are looking for practical advice, honest conversation, and no nonsense observations about living in today’s world, check out my blogs at http://highergroundbooksandmedia.com and http://www.ronashively.wordpress.com and http://www.highergroundforlife.wordpress.com and http://www.leadingthefollower.wordpress.com. And if you’re so inclined, you can purchase my books and some other great, inspirational works from Higher Ground Books & Media at http://highergroundbooksandmedia.com.