Today’s Scripture: Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24
|Who should you blame when God’s will doesn’t work? You may be thinking to yourself, ‘Why would God’s will fail? Isn’t He in control?’ Because He has given us free will, we can get in the way. We have the choice to follow His will as He intended or to do things our own way. Any time we ignore Him we are bound to end up in a mess.
We can find examples of God’s will being thwarted throughout Scripture. Although God knew that man would sin, it was never His will. Adam and Eve’s disobedience caused thousands of years of sin and death. God led the Israelites out of Egypt to the Promised Land, but because of their unbelief, they couldn’t enter and spent forty years in the wilderness. The greatest tragedy of all, though, is the fact that billions of people will spend eternity in Hell separated from a God who loves them. God provided a way of salvation through His Son, yet many will die in their sins due to unbelief or ignorance.
God knows why He placed you where you are. He has a plan better than anything we could come up with ourselves. However, because we may not understand how God is working, sometimes we can end up thinking we are on our own and go against His will. The problem is that will never work. Going through life fighting against God is not a wise choice. But if we surrender to His will, He will empower us to do what He wants us to do.
Our strength lies not in ourselves but in the God who calls us. He is faithful and will work His plan in and through you if you will let Him. He knows what He’s doing, and if it fails, we only have ourselves to blame. Let’s make sure that we get out of the way and let Him be in control so He can work His will in us.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.