Have you ever been lost? Although those with a Y chromosome shudder at the thought of admitting such a situation, all of us have been lost at some time or another. Today’s technology makes it quite simple to find your way again, all we have to do is ask Siri where we are and she will (usually) give us an easy route back to where we want to go. We are not only grateful for those services, but we have come to expect them. Most of us get quite upset when we don’t get quick and easy answers.
The problem with these expectations is that we often apply them to our relationship with God also. We pray and expect Him to answer immediately with an easily explained “why.” We ask for advice and expect a Google list of 10,000 websites ready to answer our question within the next 5 seconds. But I am learning the hard way that God doesn’t work that way.
I am learning that God is much more interested in my relationship with Him than my happiness with my current situation. There have been many times that I have asked God for a postcard – just a short note that says:
Here is what I want you to do …
But I have never gotten that postcard, and I don’t think I ever will. I think that God wants me to trust Him more than He wants me to do for Him. Click To Tweet Don’t get me wrong, doing is important. As Americans, though, I think that we would rather do something without really having to change our hearts than change our hearts and let the doing be a natural outpouring of God in our lives.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, ” Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (KJV) This clearly defines three steps to doing God’s will:
- Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart – sounds easy but is harder than it sounds
- Lean not on your own understanding – again, harder than it sounds
- In ALL your ways acknowledge Him – all is 100%, again not so easy
- Then … He will direct your path
If God was merely interested in action, then I think He would make it higher in the order of things. I think that His main objection is my total and complete surrender to Him. Since God is all powerful, He will get done what He wants to get done with or without me. The key that I often forget, though, is that I am really only usable when I have first completed steps 1, 2 and 3.
Small little caveat … I am not excusing laziness or lack of serving God. I am, however, putting an emphasis on heart condition over mere action.
So, when you feel lost and don’t know what God wants you to do, let me encourage you to do the heart work and wait patiently on Him for direction.