Godly Desires

It is hard to trust in God when you are trusting in yourself. I had committed to a job in Colorado when I discovered the opportunity was not what I expected. The manager who was supposed to be my boss when I was down there was no longer going. The contract negotiations had fallen through. I decided to ask if it was a possibility for me to stay in Ottawa instead of going to Colorado. They said, yes, but I asked for the rest of the day to think about it before I gave my final decision. During this time I went up to my parents cottage to think and this verse came to mind.
Commit  your way to the LORD; trust in him, and He will act (Ps. 37:5).
 As I read this verse I began to get frustrated. What does it mean God will act? I am the one who has to make the decision at the end of the day. After all, He is not going to answer for me! These were my true feelings and I even wrote them down at the time. I wasn't mad at God, it just did not make sense to me.

The next day I went into work to give my decision. I walked into the room and was greeted with "welcome back." Apparently the decision had already been made for me. God had acted. It is easy to doubt God because we have made Him so familiar to ourselves. We forget that He is the Creator of the universe and has the power to do anything that is according to His will. I am so thankful that He decided to show me on that day that He is in control and should be trusted.

That situation happened over 5 years ago now, but I again find myself in a similar situation. I don't have work but I am not worried, since I am convinced that God is in control. However, I am still not sure what I should do. As I was contemplating this, the verse just before Psalm 37:5 was brought to mind.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Ps. 37:4).
 If we trust God and seek His glory then our desires will fall in line with His desires, which mean we can follow the desires of our heart. It is easy to agonize over decisions but if we are truly seeking Him, the rest falls into place. This is what Jesus says in Matthew 6:19-34. He tells us to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness and He will take care of our basic necessities.

Everybody has their own challenges, but if you are unsure what to do then delight yourself in the LORD. The rest will take care of itself.


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