I have learned, that as humans, we don’t really know what we want some of the time. Oh, we have goals, desires, and aspirations, but often how to attain them becomes skewered in our thinking. We may pray for God to move this obstacle out of the way or transfer that particular issue over there, and when He does, we are just not happy or totally satisfied with the results. Sometimes things don’t look or feel like we thought it should.
That’s because as humans we have to realize our limitations. We are not all-knowing. We can barely get through one day with all our faculties intact, let alone for us to try to tell our own end from the beginning and what we think our tomorrows and future should look like.
We can pray about things that bother us and concern us but ultimately we have to be willing to let God lead. And, sometimes we even have to pray that He would help us to follow that leading. When He leads, we don’t always understand the outcome, but then again, if we did, it wouldn’t be the walk of faith, filled with trust in our God that we are called to walk.
Our thoughts can lead us into the land of wondering, but it is our daily prayer that our hearts will follow God in the pursuit of what He has in store for our lives. The Bible tells us, “The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile,” (Psalm 94:11, NKJV). Some other translations relate that word “futile” found in the NKJV as “worthless” (NLT), “vanity” (KJV), and “meaningless” (HCSB) just to name a few.
In other words, our thoughts about a situation compared to God’s cannot be matched. Did not the Bible tell us, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts,” (Isaiah 55:8-9)? What He knows about a circumstance far surpasses anything our intellectual capabilities can begin to even imagine. With that being said, our thoughts take a back seat to His sovereign leading.
As hard as it may be to let go of the wheel and allow God to steer, it is something we must do if we are to drive in the right direction and course for our best and most successful life in Him. We have to end the constant back and forth tug of war for control of our lives and submit to the One who is in control of our lives.