MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011
"[Your] steps...are ordered by the Lord." Ps 37:23
What should you do when doors you thought God had opened suddenly slam shut? Now you're thinking, "Lord, I did all the right things. How come this is happening?" Be at peace, God is still directing your steps. When your hopes seem crushed and your plans altered, rely on His superior wisdom and unfailing love. God has already planned your life from beginning to end, so trust Him to work things out for your good (See Isa 46:10-11). If you give it a little more time, your pain will turn to praise as you realize that He just closed a lesser door to open a greater one. Timing is so important! As you begin to understand God's timing you'll be better able to cooperate with Him. When you don't know, learn to wait with confidence on the One who does. The problem most of us have is that we attempt to take the lead role in our relationship with God and it doesn't work. God has that role, and He won't give it to us! He gives instructions and we're supposed to follow, even when we don't like or understand the way He takes us. "Why does it take God so long to do things?" you ask. Because unanswered questions create trust. When you don't know, you have to trust the One who does, and that keeps you growing in faith. God has a definite plan and time, and while He's getting you ready He keeps you in His waiting room. If that's where you are today, remember, it's only as you reach new levels of maturity that God releases new levels of blessing into your life.
Published on Monday, June 13, 2011 @ 6:44 AM CDT