It’s Not What You Think

I come in contact with people from many walks of life.  Some who are serving our Lord Jesus Christ and many who are not.  Of those who are serving the Lord most appear to fall into one of several categories when it comes to understanding God’s plan for their life:

  1. I don’t have a clue, but would like to find out
  2. I know exactly what God wants me to do
  3. I know partially what God wants me to do, but the rest is a mystery

It would make sense for me to try and help those in categories 1 or 3, since they are the ones who are most in doubt, but that’s not the right answer.  The ones in group #2 are the ones I’m concerned about most, and let me tell you why:  “It’s not what you think it is.”

We are so smart, and have studied so much, we think we know the mind of God.  Can I relate something to you without bursting your bubble too much?  You don’t know as much as you think you do.

Now, this sounds pretty harsh and condemning so I need to do some explaining.  The best way to understand what I’m saying is to do a short review of some individuals described in the Bible and then see if they knew everything about God’s plan for their life.  These individuals I’m describing are on what would be called “God’s A List” of  individuals who should know everything about God.

We can start with Abraham.  Did he know and understand everything God had planned for him?  Probably not.  It would be hard to imagine your descendants being as numerous as the sand on the seashore wouldn’t it?  It would be hard to know that thousands of years after you are dead and gone people would still be gaining strength from your faith and life.

Ok, then how about Moses?  Surely he understood everything that there was to know about God, right?  No.  For towards the end of his life he disobeyed God and was forbidden from entering the Promised Land.  Did this make him a bad person?  No, it made him human.  But, it also illustrates my point he probably only understood just a portion of what God’s plan was for him.

How about David?  Surely, the greatest King Israel ever had would know everything about God.  The man who wrote a good portion of the Book of Psalms would not need any further explanation into who God is.  But, even David admits he knows so little, and His ways are past finding out.

What about John the Baptist?  Surely, the forerunner of the Messiah would know everything there is to know about God.  But, even John the Baptist did not completely understand everything, or else why would he send messengers to Jesus and ask, “Are you the one we have been waiting for, or should we look for another?”  Obviously, even John did not have a complete understanding of his purpose.

So, where does this leave us?  Does God want us to be confused?  Does God want us to live in a mystery that cannot be solved?  Does God enjoy keeping us in suspense?

Well, the answer is a bit more complicated than those questions would indicate.  God doesn’t want us to live in confusion or mystery, He wants us to live by faith and trust Him.  Trust Him with what?  Trust Him that He knows is best for us, and will make a way for us to complete our mission.  What is our mission?  We may not fully know what our mission is, but God is not confused and has everything figured out.  Our mission is not what you might think it is.  You might think your ‘mission’ is to be a pastor, or to be a missionary, or to help the homeless.  Let me set you straight a little here.  That is not your mission – you mission is to listen and follow God where He leads you.  You don’t have the plan, He has the plan.  You don’t need God’s help with the plans you’ve made, you need to search out the plan God has already made for you and get into it.  In short, “It’s Not What You Think”… , but it’s ok.


One Response to “It’s Not What You Think”

  1. Bea McGuire Says:

    Great food for thought! And I can tell you from personal experience….I will NEVER comprehend the way the Lord does things but one thing I do know……’s always for our good and He answers in His timing! Blessings…..

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