Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
- 1 Peter 5:6-7
Recently I found myself fighting with God over a change of plans for life. Just as I thought I had a handle on things, He began showing me a new path. I questioned this plan thoroughly, not believing that a change was necessary nor did I think I was properly equipped for this change. I found myself scared and reacting to that fear. So, I pushed back. For weeks we argued, mostly I complained. I couldn’t understand why it was necessary to mess with a good thing. I’m settled, I’m comfortable and most importantly I know what’s coming.
Part of the strength God gives you to “do all things through him” is the ability to choose to do his will, even before you know the full implications of what that means. He will begin to change your desire, developing within you more and more of a “want” to do his will. (Rick Warren)
In his article “Developing the Desire to Do God’s Will” Rick Warren goes on to say, “Yet God is gracious and patient. Tell him, ‘I don’t know that I’m willing to step out in faith without first knowing everything that’s going to happen, but I’m willing to be made willing.’” This story isn’t finished. Accepting God’s will is only the first step on this journey. I’m not sure where it’s all going to lead, but I’m asking God to help me be made willing. In the anticipation there is joy.