In the past, I have tried to make things happen or tried to figure out how I think God should make something happen! I have a detail-oriented brain that likes to organize everything under the sun, lest –gasp!—the whole world should come to a screeching halt.
One time, I returned from a trip where I had met a bunch of neat people—including a guy. Once home, I got on the Internet and searched for his name on Facebook. As soon as I went to click the “Add as Friend” button, God stopped me and told me not to initiate. I was irritated at the thought, but after a few minutes of mental war, I pulled my cursor away from the button. The next day (yes, the very next day!) I went to church and got further instructions from God through a traveling evangelist: “The favor factor is on your life. Don’t mess it up with looking. Don’t check. God has a plan. When it’s right, the plan will be perfect.” Okay, okay, I get the message!
Later there were times when I still had to control my impulses. I was so tempted to try to look up a potential candidate on Facebook, or “innocently” ask questions about so-and-so. As God pointed out to a friend of mine, who will you thank when you initiate the relationship and get the guy? You would only be able to pat yourself on the back for the relationship. That doesn’t honor God, and in the long run, it doesn’t satisfy you. Better to step back and let God hold the reins.
I’ve heard a pastor put the faith-and-wait issue like this: “Faith is the constant; time is the variable.” Your job is to keep your faith solid and unchanging. The only thing that may seem uncertain is the timing that only God can handle. Since God’s capable of doing everything and anything, it would seem logical that He should be the one working out the details. If you’re anything like I was, though, you want to help God take care of His business. You know, take some of the load off His shoulders….
Abraham tried to do just that—and paid for it. While God had a great plan in mind to get Abe’s son, Abraham tried to step in and choose the method himself. He had a baby through his servant woman. From then on, nothing but chaos ruled in the house. Abe ended up sending the woman and his new son away, never to be seen again. After a good discussion with Abraham, God put His plan into action. Even when it seemed naturally impossible, the promise showed up through Isaac.
Like Abraham, God wants your dreams to come true through the promise He’s given you, not through your human efforts. God instructs you in Proverbs 3:5, 6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. If you’re truly trusting God with all your heart—including those romantic dreams—then you’ll be willing to let Him do the work. Your tiny mind can only reason things through so far before you come up short. Your benefits result in letting Someone else be the mastermind behind it all.
To be continued…