Today, I’m thankful that all God requires me to do is to follow Him and His guidance. While it’s rarely easy to determine where the path is headed, the Lord nonetheless promises to lead us and teach us in the way we should go:
Of course, we must do as the verse says – we must be humble. If we’re proud and full of ourselves, then we won’t listen to anyone other than ourselves. We’ll be following our own paths, and we won’t feel a need to learn from anyone – let alone God.
This is indeed a very sad state of affairs. However, God is patient. He’ll wait for us to hit a dead end, and then be ready and waiting to help us – when we are prepared to humble ourselves and seek His way.
I’m also learning an important truth about my faith journey: as I grow in my relationship with God – my understanding about Him, as well as the blessings and lessons He has prepared for me – I clearly appreciate that our relationship is not a democracy.
I believe God wants me to talk to Him, and I do (prayer). I also believe that He has a lot to say to me, and so I do what I can to listen (seeking wisdom and discernment). This part can be tricky, though, as there seems to be quite a bit of “static” on the line – distractions, discouragements, and even good things that take my focus away from Him. However, I fully appreciate the fact that He and I are not on the same level.
Fundamentally, this is a really good thing. Because if God and I are on the same level, then that would mean His abilities will be limited to the thoughts, dreams, and comparatively narrower perspective that I have for myself. I sure would miss out on a lot! 😦
So I’m actually okay with the fact that out relationship is not a democracy. That’s where the being humble business comes in; the only way to really be teachable is to humble yourself enough to recognize that you need to learn. Consider that teachers and students are not on the same level; a student understands that the teacher generally has more expertise, education, and life experience than the student does. It is only when the student can humble herself enough to learn from the teacher that real growth and maturity can take place.
This is a mindset that must be addressed daily – at least for me, anyway! More often than I would care to admit, I get the order wrong, and think that I’m in charge, and God is the one who is tasked with executing my will for my life. This can be a subtle thing, and frequently comes in the form of my offering suggestions to God about how things should be done.
It’s totally fine to ask God for things, and the Bible encourages us to do this; I just have to be careful to not tell God how He should go about doing them. This is where I stumble.
Anyway, I’m grateful that the God we serve is not aloof or distant. He’s right here, ready and willing to guide me with every decision in my life. My job? It’s simple, but not easy: humble myself, and follow His way.
Here is my prayer for today – adapted from Colossians 1:9–11 (AMP):
For this reason – since I am prone to “take the wheel” of my life – and since this is a struggle that I contend with more often than I would like, I am praying to You now, asking [specifically] that I may be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom [with insight into Your purposes], and in understanding [of spiritual things], so that I walk in a manner worthy of You, Lord [displaying admirable character, moral courage, and personal integrity], to [fully] please You in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing in the knowledge of You, God [with deeper faith, clearer insight and fervent love for Your truth]; [I pray that I will be] strengthened and invigorated with Your awesome power and might, so that I can persevere – no, thrive! – in this life with the patience and joy that only come from You. In Your name I pray, Amen.