“He is the Lord. Let Him do what He thinks is best.” – 1 Samuel 3:18
Following a time of Bible study and prayer, I was lead to the story of when the Lord called Samuel to declare judgment among the house of Eli. Samuel didn’t recognize the voice of the Lord at first, and then after the Lord spoke to him, he feared telling Eli because he knew it would make for a difficult time and God was bringing change to His house. I was then given the following Revelation, and I wanted to share it with you.
If you are like me and most people, you like being in control. Period. We want things to happen according to our wishes and according to our timetables. But sometimes, God has other plans …and He always has the final word.
Do you recall the profoundly simple phrase that came to be known as the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” These words are far easier to recite than they are to live by.
Oswald Chambers observed, “Our Lord never asked us to decide for Him; He asks us to yield to Him – a very different matter.” These words remind us that even when we cannot understand the workings of God, we must trust Him and accept His will.
All of us experience adversity and pain. As human beings with limited comprehensions, we can never fully understand the will of our Father. But as believers in an incredible God, we must always trust His guidance and in the wisdom of His word.
When Jesus went to the Mount of Olives, as described in Luke 22, He poured out His heart to God. Jesus knew of the agony that He was destined to endure, but He also knew that God’s will and purpose must be done. We, like our Savior, face trials that bring fear and trembling to the very depths of our souls, but like Christ, we, too, must ultimately seek God’s will, not our own.
Nevertheless, It’s time to accept the unchangeable past, embrace the priceless present, have faith in the promises of the future in Christ, conquer our fears and obey the voice of our Lord. It’s time that we trust God completely, and it’s time to reclaim the, peace – His peace – that is only found in Him. Let us be comforted in the knowledge that our Creator is both loving and wise, and the He understands His plans perfectly, even when we do not.
— Steven Duty is founder and president of Duty International Ministries (www.dutyinternational.org) and a member of the Logan Ministerial Association.