I think this can often be a challenge for many people. I’ve had that experience so often in my own life. You would be convinced that you are doing the right thing and that you are within the will of God, yet shortly after you’ve made the decision and took action, it feels as if the wheels are coming off.
That brings us to nugget #39 in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average. It says “ideas go away, but direction stays”.
Was It God, Or Was It Just a Thought?
We often make the mistake of thinking that if your decision was in line with the will of God; everything will just fall into place. Then, when chaos breaks loose, we start tormenting ourselves with feelings of guilt and doubt.
Yes, when our lives are constantly in chaos, we should be taking stock because maybe we did get off course somewhere. But this is where I find John Mason’s nugget absolutely spot-on.
Let’s have a look at the nugget again; “ideas go away, but direction stays”. If something is meant to be and it is God’s will, it is often possible for things to “just fall in place”. But it is also possible for challenges to start appearing shortly afterwards. The test lies in this; does everything fade away? Or is there consistency in the direction?
Ideas Go Away, But Direction Stays.
If it was just an idea, chances are that it will just go away. You will start running out of ideas. Everything will come to a dead end. But if God is involved, there will be direction and consistency.
Remember, facing challenges doesn’t mean that God is not involved. The enemy would love to see you fail and he will challenge you. But when God is involved, you will stay on course.
Have you ever found that it seems as if you get challenged with every challenge you can imagine? Yet, you stay on the same course?
Just as you think it is impossible to push through, you are able to take another step, no matter how small it might be. You might even think of giving up and you try something totally different, but that doesn’t work at all and eventually, somehow, you find yourself back working at the same thing you thought is not working for you.
This might be a good time to have a look at Proverbs 19:21 (NIV), that says “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails”. And in Psalm 32:8 (NIV) the Lord gives us this promise; “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you”.
The Lord is gentle, and He will never force you to do anything. As a matter of fact, He will allow you to do whatever it is you want to do. You might even be successful to a certain degree, but as long as you do it in your own power, you will have to put in a lot of effort and toiling. In spite of all the effort, it might still come to nothing, or it may start costing you in the form of your health, family life or some other area. Psalm 127:1-2 (NIV) says “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. 2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat — for he grants sleep to[a] those he loves”.
Yet, when you are fulfilling your real purpose, and God is working with you, directing you every step of the way, you will be excited about getting started in the morning. You might be busier than ever before, but it wouldn’t feel like work.
This doesn’t mean that you won’t have to face any challenges, but you will be able to overcome them all (John 16:33). You will stay on course and live life with a purpose.
We are often scared to find out what it is that God wants us to do. People tend to think that what God wants us to do, can’t be fun. Or what if I’m not able to do what He expects of me?
Believe me, it’s got nothing to do with your ability, it is about your availability. Stop relying on your own abilities and trust God to get the job done. He is much more capable than us.
Do you want to have fun? Allow God to take control and you’ll have more fun than you can dream of. And the best of all, the fun won’t stop, because God’s fun won’t harm you, it will actually make you stronger.
The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do. – Orison Swett Marden
Have you given the reigns over to God? Or are you still holding on for dear life, staying in control of your own life? Tell me about it, I will love to hear from you.