Our topic last night with the youth was “Discerning God’s Will”. We are doing a weekly Wednesday night study on “A Daily Pursuit of Jesus”. Each week we discuss a topic that teens face at school, at home, at church, in the world, etc.
I enjoy being an integral part of ministry at our church. I am Q’s right hand (wo)man, but more than that, I enjoy learning under his leadership. Sometimes I realize (in the moment) that I’m sitting there, listening intently, like one of the youth (some of the older ladies in the church often mistake me for a youth!). But, I realize that I need to be “fed” too. I just hope that Q is being fed as well…he needs it more than anyone.
But back to our topic, as I sat and listened, Q told a story about trying to discern God’s will before he took his first ministry position in college. He called the pastor he grew up with and the pastor said, “God’s will is not hard to understand.”
Wow! I totally agree! I believe that we make excuses, prolonging God’s will. “Well, I need to pray a little more about it.” “Well, I’ll make the decision on “this” day.” “Well, this and that and this and that…blah blah blah blah blah.”
It’s not that hard!!!! God is going to direct you if you would just surrender! I’m not saying don’t pray about it or feel secure in the decision. But, prolonging God’s will because of our insecurities and fears is just ridiculous.
So, I say all of this to say, I know that God is leading us towards adoption. I know that He will provide and I don’t need to continue to prolong the process. Now, this will be a continual prayer process, but the stagnant “wishy, washy excuses” is over. I’m ready to surrender and see where God leads.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.