Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 (ESV)
When we submit every part of ourselves to God, an amazing thing begins to happen. Our will begins to conform to God’s will. Our desires become God’s desires. And God’s desire for us is prosperity and hope. God wants to bless us in every way.
“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 a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
I recently posted this on the Facebook page, but I need to expand on it. We usually have a specific plan for accomplishing God’s will in our life. Notice I said we have a plan for accomplishing God’s will. And it’s usually in our timing, not his. Because it can be very hard to wait patiently on God. There is good news; God is always punctual even though we can be very impatient.
If God is going to fulfill his purpose in me, he has to break me. I have to come to the end of myself. God doesn’t give me specifics on the plan or tell me what the end result will be other than that he will work all things together for good for me because I love him and am called according to his purpose. He tells me that he will direct my paths as long as I trust in him and not my own understanding and acknowledge him in all of my ways. If I knew specifically how God was going to work out his purpose in my trials, I wouldn’t need faith to trust him. So my will becomes: I want your good purpose for my life, no matter how that is accomplished, and not in my own timing or with the end result I would have chosen. As our will begins to conform we find it easier to believe Jeremiah 29:11. We begin to believe Philippians 4:13. When you have that certainty, that you know that you know that God only wants what is best for you, it doesn’t matter how that comes.
May our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, bless you richly and fulfill his perfect purpose for your life.