By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“God has not bowed to our nervous haste nor embraced the methods of our machine age. The man who would know God must give time to Him.” – A.W. Tozer
I think that at one point or another we come to the end of the road and all we want to know is God’s will for our life. Whether we have no options or too many options, God is our only hope when it comes to figuring out what is best for us.
Most of the time, we are eager to know God’s will in our lives, but we tend to go about it the wrong way.
We pray for God’s will but we are only willing to follow it if it is within our comfort zone.
We give God options.
It’s like we’re putting God in the hot seat of Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
“Alright God, for one million dollars here is your final question! Should I:
(A. Take the job that offers more money.)
(B. Take the job that is closer to my family.)
(C. Ask my boss for a raise)
(D. Stay in my current position)”
God responds, “What about (E. Quit your job and work in the local homeless shelter.)”
“Come on God. That’s not an option. You can only pick A through D.”
We have to stop asking Him multiple choice questions and allow Him to give us the answer. We should leave our future wide open and allow God to use it as he pleases.
But discerning His will takes time. In order to hear God’s voice, we have to sacrifice our time.
We have to be willing to spend time in His word and His Presence before His will can be communicated to us. God will speak, but unless we spend time with Him we won’t have the ears to listen.
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
Following God and His will requires daily sacrifice. But, have faith, because it is all worth it in the end. There is a reward for each and every one who follows God and the path he has set for Him.
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10:36).
Parents: Explain to your children what it means to take up their cross daily. Tell them that God’s will is always what is best for them and they should follow it with all their heart.