In the past I can see many times when I have lived my life my own way, making my plans, prioritising other people and things before God, only to have it all taken away and to experience heart-breaking pain in my human form at the loss of a loved one. All of my plans just disappear in an instant. Yet it is in these dark places that God truly reveals himself and in my loss and pain, I have to rejoice and be glad as God so clearly told me in Proverbs 16: 20 ‘Whoever heeds to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the lord’. Wow, how amazing! I had to have everything taken away to re-focus, to realise that this is my time to turn everything in my life around and live in God’s will and I am already beginning to see a huge transformation in all areas of my life. I have been reminded continuously that Christ is the solid rock on which we stand and all other ground is sinking sand, Amen! Psalm 18:2 ‘The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold’.
No matter how much we try to do our own thing, make our own plans and map out our future we should always remember; Proverbs 16:9 ‘in their hearts humans plan their course, but the lord establishes their steps’ and when we go our own way and map out where our life also remember that; Hebrews 12:6 ‘the lord disciplines the one he loves’ and so if our focus is on Christ, there is only so long we can ‘do our own thing’ and stray from God’s will before He will intervene and discipline us.
I see life like a storybook and carnally we can only see the chapter of our story that we are living in right now. God however is the author of the book and He knows the beginning, the middle and the end. Things we don’t understand or that are painful at the time have to happen for our end to be perfect. Remember this: God is a loving God who has plans to prosper us; Jeremiah 29:11 ‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’. So let us trust in Him and His will for our lives. After all, His word tells us in Psalm 37:4 ‘delight yourself in the lord and he will give you the desires of your heart’. Amen
Proverbs 20:24 ‘A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way?’
Author: Joleana O’Neill
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