There are five simple words children inherently know to use, “I want to do it!” Healthy words for a child! It’s a good sign they are exerting their independence, right? Absolutely. Stages of individuation are essential for healthy personality development. And yet… If you are a parent you have witnessed the force and strength of their independent nature and seen the repercussions of letting them have their own way, too early, too often.
There is an incredible amount of molding and shaping that takes place in their life before they are able to do what they want to do. Much of the shaping is teaching them that a healthy independence is always coupled with responsibility. Ah, the joys of growing up…
It seems as though much our adult life is about doing—doing our career; doing our daily tasks; doing this thing or that. When we don’t know what to do, we ask God, or at least, a friend. Once we know what to do, we do it. In fact, “just do it” has become our daily motto!
Then we enter our relationship with God. A lot changes there, huh? He pretty much unravels our independent “just do it” nature. He teaches us a new language for our heart: surrender and dependence, yielding and abiding. Too bad that wasn’t the first thing we learned as a child… Rats!
For the longest time, I had the impression that God’s primary role in my life was to communicate His will to me—understanding my personal, God-given destiny. Once I received this revelation, it would be up to me to then go out and do it. I saw Him as the Commissioner, telling me what to do. Sure, I intended for Him to “give me” the strength to get the job done, but my sights were set on “doing” His will.
In this scenario, the hardest part is figuring out “what” God wanted me to do. Knowing His will became the all-important thing… The worst part has been those times when I thought I had made a horrible mistake in discerning and doing His will. As a result, I took on a greater diligence for discerning His will and that became my cause and my ambition. But, I was missing the point and His heart.
Today’s devotional “Knowing God’s Will” explores this topic a little further. I pray it shakes up your thinking and stirs your heart to trust Him more and more…
If you are unable to listen to the audio file, “Knowing God’s Will”, please let me know by sending me a comment. A transcript is also available via email.
God richly bless you!
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