“For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.” – James 4:15
One of the greatest lies ever told is, “don’t worry about it, it will turn out the way it’s meant to“. The entire history of man is a tapestry of stories not turning out the way they was meant to. From Genesis to Revelation we see the damage caused as one person after an other deviates from God’s plan, for what they think is their own, but is really nothing more then the devils. Sadly, wide is the gate that leads to destruction and many are they that find it (the gate is self will), yet their are a few that have chosen to walk the straight and narrow path of God’s will, and those few have changed the world.
By faith Moses denied all that the world had to offer, all the money, fame, position, platforms, and titles of Egypt (the greatest empire in the world at that time). Moses did what so many others had not, he denied his own will, to obeyed God’s will. He sought God for God’s plan and as difficult as it was, he obeyed, and for that he saved a nation and a people.
By faith Noah denied his own peace and comfort, being mocked, ridiculed, and tormented by the people for years as he labored in obedience to God’s voice and will. What God asked Noah to do, and why He told him to do it was so impossible a thing that everyone thought he was crazy, but he wasn’t crazy, just obedient. God’s ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are higher then our thoughts. So when we seek God and He speaks to us, what He says often seems counter intuitive at best, and crazy at worse. Never the less, trust His Wisdom and obey, Know that God’s will is perfect, for this is the essence of faith. Noah denied his own will, his logic and his plans, and instead he spent his time working in obedience to God’s will, trusting in God’s plan, and for that, he saved his family and the human race.
Things didn’t work out the way they were suppose to for Adam and Eve. It was not God’s will for them to sin and be separated from God in the way that they were. They did what they wanted, not what God told them to do. In fact they did it in opposition to what God told them to do. They chose to act of their own will, feeding their own fleshly desires, wants, and for that, they brought sin and death into the world. Yet 4,000 years later, an other Adam would come. One who would do nothing unless His Father told Him too. One who lay down His own will and would walk out God’s will at all cost, enduring suffering, hardship, rejection, and the cross, and for that, He saved the world.
“And he was withdrawn from them about a stone’s cast, and kneeled down, and prayed, Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done. And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.” – Luke 22:41-43
Jesus told us that to be the greatest in the Kingdom of God we must be the least in this one, we must be humble, allowing Him and others to lift us up, not ourselves. We must surrender our logic, our fleshly desires, our comfort, our plans, and our will. We must seek Him for His instructions, His plans, His Words, and His will, in all things. I implore you to seek God, listen for His plan, hear His will, and obey His Words, and in due time He will lift you up in grace, power, and favor. Step out in your own plan, timing, desires, and will trying to lift yourself up and He will cast you down, for when you do this, you do nothing but aid the enemy. There is God’s will (or plan), and the devil’s will (or plan). Then there is our will which is free to choose which of these two wills (or plans), we will serve, trust, and obey (or have faith in). Just like Adam and Eve, when we choose to trust and serve self, we choose the devils plan. God’s will is good, God’s will is perfect, seek God’s will and walk in it.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” – James 4:17
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” – 1 Peter 5:6