Although God is the great I AM, there is no “I” in God. We need to put our faith in Him, rather than in ourselves, and pray for His guidance rather than insisting that we are in control. God doesn’t need us to help Him make decisions.
Who do you have faith in? Is it in yourself and your own capabilities? Or is it in our Heavenly Father? Do you make decisions based on your own knowledge, or do you look to His understanding and His will?
Scripture tells us, in Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way.” And in Proverbs 3:5-7, we are told, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD and depart from evil.”
In 1 Samuel 15, we read about Saul turning back to God, after he was told, in verses 22b-23, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, He hath also rejected thee from being king.” Saul had listened to the will of those around him, desiring to keep the best of the spoils, rather than to honor God and follow His will. Our desire to do our own thing at the expense of following God’s will is a result of our own stubbornness and arrogance. God says this is as bad as worshipping other gods, because we are exalting ourselves and become our own god rather than seeking to serve the One True God.
There seems to be a current trend of people that believe that they can ‘manifest’ changes in their lives by their own will. The word manifest, when used as a verb, means “to make clear or evident to the eye or the understanding; show plainly; to prove; put beyond doubt or question.” I’m not sure what these people are attempting to make evident, but nothing they do can accomplish change on the inside of a person that will result in permanent changes on the outside. Only a heart changed by God, through salvation, can be truly changed. Jesus tells us in John 14:21, “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” This is the only manifestation we should be seeking; that of Jesus in our lives.
Claiming to be a Christian without evidence of change from the new person created by salvation is simply lip service. And when so-called Christians look to their own efforts and accomplishments rather than seeking God and His will, the result can be a life filled with difficulties, often of their own making. If we truly know God, we will be as described in Psalm 9:10, “And they that know thy Name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek Thee.”
Jesus says plainly, in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” And in Luke 6:46, He asks, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Matthew 7:21 tells us, “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in Heaven.” So, when decisions in your life need to be made, rather than relying upon your own knowledge, will you turn to your Heavenly Father and seek His will for your life? Or will you decide what direction to go simply by using information obtained through worldly access? Remember, your Father knows everything, and wants only the best for you. Romans 8:28 is a familiar passage which reads, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
We may not always like the direction God wants us to go, but it is always for our best. When we choose to ignore Him and His will for our lives; when we turn from His Word to pursue things on our own; we make a deliberate choice to become gods of our own lives and live in rebellion against Him. The book of James makes it clear that, when we are humble and seek God’s will for our lives, we will receive the grace we need to get through every situation. James 4:6 tells us, “But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, ‘God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.’” And in James 4:10, again we read, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.”
When we humble ourselves before God we can, as we read in Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” So rather than exalting ourselves in this life and choosing to ignore the will of God for our own ambitions and desires, let us be as James 1:22 tells us, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.”
Grace and blessings on your path,