Don’t Dictate to God
Refer to Step 3: I accept that the responsibility for getting back on track is mine and no one else’s.
Listening to God is a firsthand experience . . . God invites you to vacation in His splendor. He invites you to feel the touch of His hand. He invited you to feast at His table. He wants to spend time with you.
When your life unravels, as it does for most of us at one time or another, you start asking tough but important questions:
- Why did this have to happen?
- What does God expect from me now?
- Is God really in charge?
- Why hasn’t He answered my prayers?
It is when you reach the point of asking questions like these—and not before—that God can finally have His way with you.
This is because you have ceased being completely self-absorbed. Until this happens, God hasn’t been able to get your attention—not like when the bottom drops out. Until then, you have had too many goals of your own to seek, and your purpose has been self-fulfillment, regardless of what God’s purpose has been.
When we begin our walk with the Lord, we are certain He has noble, wonderful things in store for us, and failure is never a part of His plan. We’re certain of it. What we don’t count on is that He sees things differently than we do and that He knows us better than we know ourselves.
He wants a relationship with us—one where He does more than fulfill our petulant requests like an indulgent parent, spoiling us in the process. He desires strong men and women—not spoiled brats who demand their way about everything, throwing spiritual tantrums when they are refused.
If you’ve been knocked off your feet, it may have been good for you. It may have been precisely what you needed. God has a substantial investment in you, and He pays careful attention to each of His projects. Remember, you do not belong to yourself. You belong to the Lord. Start talking to God rather than dictating to Him.
Guard you steps as you go to the house of God, and draw near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools; for they do not know they are doing evil. (Ecclesiastes 5:1)