- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On August 14, 2016
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This is a poem with an accompanying reflection on the conflict we face when we ask for God’s will and it turns out contrary to what we want or expect. Read and be blessed!
I WANT TO DO YOUR WILL
Have you ever been in a situation where you’re asking God to direct you on a matter and when you sense where He is going, you balk? I have, a countless number of times. Questions like: “Is this what I prayed for?”, “How does this help me reach my goal?” or “Is this a disappointment or what?” begin to fly through one’s mind at such times.
But if we can just trust God and keep moving as He leads, in faith, even though we don’t understand, approve or are delighted with where He’s taking us, we’ll have a testimony in the end. The truth is things aren’t always what they seem and only God knows the end from the beginning.
The Bible says that when God brought Israel out of Egypt, He didn’t take them through the highway crossing the land of the Philistines to Canaan although that road was shorter. Rather, He took them through the desert (a far longer and more arduous route). It seemed like a bad choice but He had a good reason (if they faced war so soon after leaving Egypt, they might have decided to go right back – better the harshness of the desert than the brutality of war which they were ill-prepared for).
“When Pharaoh finally let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” – Exodus 13:17
But they didn’t know this. That’s the thing: God doesn’t put Himself in the position where He has to explain everything to His children. He just expects them to trust and obey.God doesn’t always explain everything to us but He expects us to trust and obey Him. Click To Tweet
Unfortunately, the Israelites had a hard time doing the latter, so they suffered unnecessarily. The route chosen by God meant an 11-day journey but they reached Kadesh-barnea on the edge of Canaan in about two years due to the fallout from their idolatry and sundry acts of rebellion.
“Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir.” – Deuteronomy 1:2
But God turned them back into the desert for another thirty-eight years after the fiasco following the unfavourable report by the men who were sent to spy out the land.* They ended up spending forty years in the desert and many of them died there. They missed the blessing of entering the Promised Land.
“Thirty-eight years passed from the time we first left Kadesh-barnea until we finally crossed the Zered Brook! By then, all the men old enough to fight in battle had died in the wilderness, as the LORD had vowed would happen.” – Deuteronomy 2:14
Any child of God who insists on rashness, rebellion and generally acting like they know better than God never has it easy. That kind of attitude/behaviour leads to misery, frustration and when God completely loses His patience, death. That will not be our portion in Jesus’ name.Any child of God who insists on rashness and rebellion is courting frustration and misery. Click To Tweet
May we receive the grace to truly allow God to be the Lord (Master, Commander, Controller, Director) of our lives and walk humbly with Him, obeying and patiently waiting for the fruit of His wisdom made available to us daily in Jesus’ name. Amen.
I WANT TO DO YOUR WILL
Perplexity fills my heart, oh Lord
Incredulity at the way You’re leading
Uncertainty at what You intend
Anxiety that it is far from my wish
I want to do Your will, mighty God
I want to be in harmony with You
I don’t want to chart my own path
I don’t want to disobey Your word
Enlighten my heart, my dear Lord
Quieten the fears bombarding it
Brighten my face with kind assurance
Strengthen my faith that it’s for the best
Amen in Jesus’ name.
Ⓒ Edith Ugochi Ohaja 2016
*Twelve men were chosen from the tribes of Israel to spy out the Promised Land and advise the Israelites on how to take it over. When they returned, ten of them said it was impossible: there were giants in the land and the cities were fortified. They said they looked like grasshoppers to the inhabitants of the land. The Israelites cried that they shouldn’t have left Egypt, some wished they had died when God punished the disobedient in the desert and God got really mad at them. He sent them back into the desert till that generation had died off except the two spies who brought a favourable report, Joshua and Caleb. (Read the full account in Numbers, chapters 13 and 14.)
The scriptures used in this article are from the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible.
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