God's Will Is a Person
Jeremiah 18:6 “As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand. If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned. And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom, but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would.” Sometimes people come to me for counsel when the have a big decision coming up. After laying out the situation, they’ll often ask my opinion on where I think God is leading. I always respond with the most transformational insight I had during our “Experiencing God” discipleship class at church some years back. Many of us think about God’s will as taking this job or that job, moving to this place or that place, or doing this deal or that deal. But scripture tells us that God’s will is not a place, a job or a deal. God’s will is a person. It’s a relationship with Jesus. If we take the job that God has ordained to bless us, but then that job turns us away from Him, would he not shift circumstances to bring us back toward Him? Or conversely if we take the option that was not “his will”, but then pursue Him like crazy, is He not powerful enough to change the whole universe to make us successful in that position? Today I felt God leading me to this passage, where Jeremiah basically outlines this same principle. I have some big decision points coming up and I feel God is reminding me of the true nature of His will. Lord I submit myself to you and your will. I also take great comfort in knowing that you are in control, and that if I run after you with everything I’ve got, the options I’ve thought incessantly about will work themselves out. You are all I need. I love you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.