Do you ever wonder, as a Christian, why you are where you are or why won’t God do what I’ve asked? And why doesn’t God just move me/us in a different direction whether its a job or new location or ( _____ fill in the blank) when you/I think “it’s the right time”?
When He has moved you to a particular destination in life…whether that be your job or your spouse’s job or a new house or ( _____fill in the blank) and after a while discontent settles in because… there isn’t any real fruit in reaching people around you – no open doors, or you feel your family has outgrown the neighborhood you’re in or ( _____fill in the blank) it’s easy to begin to doubt that God is at work where you are or that He will grant you your desire to move onward.
Sometimes you just have to choose to not go there, you know, down that path of discontent in your thought life. You/I have to choose to be thankful (I Thessalonians 5:18) and choose to see all we’ve been blessed with and choose to trust God with what you (I) can’t see (Hebrews 11:6).
And to give up our own expectations and just leave the results to Him. His plan, His purposes, His way of getting His will done in His own good time.
Because, God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8). And God looks on the heart, we look at what we can physically see (I Samuel 16:7). We are limited, but with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27). And He wants us to share our cares and concerns with Him… (I Peter 5:7) because He cares!
If you, like me, ever struggle with some of these things take a few minutes and look up the verses I’ve mentioned in this post. Memorize them. Hide God’s word in your heart (Psalm 119:11). And Romans 12:1-2.
And finally, this…
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
– Philippians 4:6-8 (KJV)