The last several days I have been inundated with communications from my clients – most of whom are dealing with issues that could have huge impacts on their businesses. While one or two of these developments are potentially positive, the majority of them are are problems – or as we say in the trade, opportunities for improvement.
And as these things go, they are never singular things – one thing leads to another, and then another; before you know it, a whole string of consequences hinges on one decision. Something deep inside us lets us know that if we head down the wrong path, the situation could become dire. I don’t know about you, but I usually try to manhandle the problem to force the outcome the way I think it should go. But I am the first to say that I am wrong when I take this approach.
For example, I am currently dealing with an opportunity that would require a ton of travel next year. I don’t want to be away from Janet that much and my first inclination was to decline the chance to do this work. But, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I was breaking my own rule #1 – never turn down a job you haven’t been offered… Makes sense, doesn’t it? I shouldn’t close a door that God may want me to walk through.
That theme of closing doors seems to be running rampant lately – not just with me, but with several of the companies that I have the privilege of working with. We fret about the right decisions and try to force things from our point of view. Most of the time, we have the time to stretch out our decisions until we can collect more information before committing to a course of action. But that’s not always the way we play our cards – we want to control outcomes and the truth of the matter is that we can’t even control if we will wake up in the morning – that’s God’s dominion.
Why is it that we want things to happen on our timetables and not God’s? In short, because we are afraid that God may miss an opportunity for us, or that He won’t act in our best interest – or, that we know what is best for us because we are here and God is somewhere else…. Sometimes, in our deepest being, we just don’t trust God with the decisions that can affect our lives.
Undoubtedly, every time I wrestle a decision out of God’s hands and into my own, I feel a little angst. I know better, but I never seem to learn the lesson to the point where it becomes easy to turn all these conflicts over to God and just ask Him to handle them for me. In my moments of clarity, I always rest much easier when I ask God to direct my steps and then relax to whatever He comes up with. It is a much more peaceful way of life – but I have to keep on learning that lesson.
Of course, it helps if you are trying to lead a God centered life. You become more open to the leadings of the Father in your daily life – at least I do, when you can just relax and trust in God. Not only in the person of God, but in the timing of God. Because I might be on “Scott time” but that doesn’t mean too much to the creator of the universe who is on “God time”. In keeping with that theme, the verse for tonight comes from Psalms 143:8, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
Our modern translation may be something like, “Lord, please re-affirm that you love me and that you will do what you think is best. I am trying to trust you, and will follow the course that you set for my life. Lord, I praise you, and turn it all over to you….” I don’t know about you, but that’s how I feel some of the time….
My encouragement tonight is that God really does have your best interest at heart – but He operates on “God time”, not your time or my time. My prayer is that you will be able to relax and let God take control of your life – I mean, really take control. That place where you can live with the decisions that God makes for your life, and praise Him the whole time. I hope that you have a great day in the Lord, and of course, grace and peace…