Do you ever think of God as some kind of Genie in a bottle? Or maybe even hope for it?
“C’mon God, I really need that new car!”
“I’m sure this job is what would really be best for me, God.”
“Could you please just make this person fall in love with me so I can finally be happy?”
Okay, I realize that sounds a little silly but how many of us come to God with our well laid out plans and say, “Here they are, make them happen God.”
I’ll be the first to admit I’ve been guilty of that in the past. I still have to do a heart check daily to make sure I’m seeking and putting His will in my life first.
“If you want to hear God laugh just tell Him your plans.” Woody Allen
God has put dreams and passions in each of us. He’s not withholding good from us when things take longer to come together than we hope. Even when things don’t go the direction we feel would be best for our life, God’s best is truly best.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that.
Jeremiah 29:11 (VOICE)
All too often we spend so much time making our plans before we even talk to God. Instead of the frustration of making our “to do lists” as well as the pro’s and con’s of each endeavor, let’s simply ask God first.
He loves us more than we can fully understand! He wants us to be complete and have a full, abundant life.
Our view of a full and abundant life needs to be viewed through the lens of our mighty God who is able to accomplish more than we could ever ask!
May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:19-20 (NLT)
Am I the only one who’s ever struggled with the idea that maybe God’s best isn’t really what’s best for me? Sorry if I burst any bubbles with that statement but I just want to be honest.
How about when God whispers to you as you’re about to eat something that looks and smells so yummy, “Not my best for you”? I’ve heard that and decided God didn’t know what He was talking about in that moment. Surely popcorn that smells that good and is loaded with butter and salt was the best for me right then. “Trust me God, I’m sure of it.”
God isn’t forceful. He just nudges at us to point us in the right direction. What we do with that nudge is our free choice.
My choice that night wasn’t the best for me. Oh how I paid for that choice all night. Miserable stomach ache. He wasn’t try to deprive me. He was trying to spare me the pain.
I’ve also been through a time in my life where I was pretty sure I didn’t deserve God’s best so there wasn’t any point in believing or asking.
I pray if you’re at that point in your life you’ll give God a chance to whisper to your spirit that His best is truly best. We deserve it because when we believe and accept Him we’re given the *rights of children*. (John 1:12)
As a mom, I know I want the very best for my kids. I also know that sometimes what they want and what’s best for them doesn’t line up.
Lord, help me to not throw a tantrum when I don’t get what I’m sure is best for me. I want to trust You completely, knowing that You want me to live a life of fullness IN You. Guide me to where You want me to be each day so I can serve fully in the work of Your Kingdom. In Jesus name, Amen.
Laura, great post. God is not a genie in a bottle but how often do we seem to think that. Blessed to be your neghbor over at Testimony Tuesday today.
Surely need this prayer every day! To follow God's will which is always the best way! No matter what our plans are, we need to hold them loosely and ask that they be done (or not) according to God's will! Visiting from TellHisStory tonight!
Oh Laura, I can so relate. I've been guilty many times of approaching God like a genie. Thank you for this beautiful illustration and reminder that God's plans are always much better than anything I could ask for.
I love that quote from Woody Allen. It is so true, I have often imagined God laughing and shaking His head at my plans. He adores us and I know he doesn't judge my for my foolishness, but I'm sure I've made Him shake His head more times than I could count. Learning to trust is a lifetime journey, and I am so grateful that I am not on that journey alone. Blessings to you, friend!
Thanks Tara! So glad you stopped by God bless you.
Amen to that Kathy. I'm learning to loosen my grip on my plans more every day.
I can completely visualize it too Sarah. Blessings to you as well my friend!