Second Guessing Or Acceptance
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
It’s happened to all of us, at one time or another. We’ve prayed and desired to receive a particular thing or circumstance and over time we pursued it receiving, what to us were, confirmations, along the way, that we were doing exactly what God wanted us to be doing while we looked forward to seeing how our prayers would be answered. But then, something happens. Despite our best efforts things start, seemingly, to “go south” on us. One disappointment after another, one expectation unrealized after another, despite our best efforts to the contrary everything seemed to be coming unglued. Then out of exhaustion and with a slight sense of “giving up” we decided to quit. “I’ give up!,” we say, and we feel all we can do is just walk away or resign ourselves to forfeiting our dream, laying aside our hope and just letting the “chips fall where they may.” (Forgive all the clichés) In that moment we may even be tempted to think that everything we had done up to that point was just a waste of time and energy.
This race has not ended, the bell has not rung; the final Word has not been spoken concerning your situation. God is still in charge and He still can make a way out of no way. This is no time for second guessing yourself. You acted in faith from the beginning, now stand in faith, but keep your eyes on Jesus not on your situation. Trust His promise to never leave you or forsake you, to work His plan for you that is always good. His ways are not our ways and sometimes, NO, all the time we need to submit to His hand moving to make adjustments and corrections in the course we’re taking. He is always steering us toward the better way and away from the trouble we can’t see that is hidden on the path we were taking before He intervened to move us off if it.
There is the story of the man and his family traveling in his brand new car in the middle of the night during a severe rainstorm. He had gotten a late start on his way to their destination and was frantically trying to make up time, passing cars and driving way above the speed limit, determined he was going to get to the next stop on time. Suddenly on a dark road he sees a man waving a light ahead of them trying to get their attention, but the driver waves him off and speeds around him to avoid hitting him but furious that he was getting in the middle of the road that way and he thought to himself, “If that guy's got a problem he would have to wait for somebody else to help him. We don’t have time to stop.”
The man then threw his flashlight at the car and hit the trunk. The driver now completely enraged stopped his car and got out and headed back to confront the guy with the flashlight. The guy came running toward him, and said, “You can’t go this way! The bridge is out up ahead.” The man turned suddenly and ran back to his car where his family was waiting. The guy who was giving the warning shined his light ahead and the man saw it. Less than 10 yards from where he had stopped the road was completely washed out. Had he not stopped when he did, he and his family could have drowned that night. The circumstances that delayed his leaving when he had planned, the severe rainstorm, driving on a dark road with poor visibility and a man standing in the middle of the road impeding his way and finally throwing a flashlight and hitting his brand new car might all seem like one negative thing after another, but from God’s perspective they were His ways to save this man’s life and the lives of his family.
Certainly, not all seemingly negative things that come our way, especially those that threaten our lives, that bring sickness or loss of our loved ones or our goods, come from God. He is not the author of confusion. But, there are circumstances that happen to get our attention and to warn us so we can avoid those kinds of things mentioned above. God wants us to succeed, to prosper and be fulfilled in all our life.
This too is the measure of His grace. He cares for us and He is always looking out for our good, even when we don’t realize it at first. God’s best for us is that we would be in close and continual communion with Him by seeking His Word daily, praying and listening for His answer, then trusting Him to direct our steps. We may know where we want to go, and God may agree with us in getting there. But the way to our goal is His to determine for our good. We might pray to God saying, “Father God in the name of Jesus, I desire to go to…” or “Lord, I would really like to have…” or motivated by love we might pray, “Father, would you provide thus and so forth so I can help my friend who is hurting right now?”
Then we formulate a plan to get what we have prayed for and present it to God in prayer by faith in His Word concerning what we have prayed. It is then up to Him to let us know if our plan is the best for us, or if He has a better way. We step out in faith and every step we take we expect God to confirm or correct or rearrange or stop according to His will and purpose for our lives, so that we miss nothing of all that He has promised us. Jesus prayed this way, "Nevertheless, not my will but thine be done.”
"Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done." Luke 22:42
In any human enterprise as Christians we have the wisdom of God at our disposal at all times. What we plan or desire God will give to us by His way in His time.
"A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9
We always succeed when we follow His plan for us.