“But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.” Jonah 1:4
Are the winds blowing? Has a tempest howled at your door? Do you feel like your ship is bring broken and your world falling apart?
Have you stayed the course? Have you allowed your sails to be set in another direction from His calling? Have you gotten on board with a plan that is not God’s best plan for your life?
There is only one solution. Reunite yourself with God’s will for your life. Step back onto the path He has chosen for you to walk. It may not always be easy, and the way may be unclear to us, but when we are where God want us to be, doing what God wants us to do, we are in the best place possible.
Following, when we don’t know all the specifics, is not always easy but the Bible encourages us to “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5,6). But you must be willing to go where He directs.
Jonah fled and when his plan began to break around him, he ended up in the belly of a great fish (Jonah 1:17). If your plan is breaking apart, make sure your plan is falling in line with God’s plan for your life.
God’s ways are perfect and right. He wants to see a good end come from even the worst of circumstances (Jeremiah 29:11). But we can never see the fulfilling of it if we are determined to board our own boat and go our own way.
In the will of God is where we’ll find safety and refuge. In the will of God is where His best plan for us becomes the best part of our story.
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” God will instruct you in the best way to go.
Psalm 37:4 “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” When we delight in God’s will, God delights in us.
Proverbs 19:21 “There are many devices in a man’s heart; nevertheless the counsel of the Lord, that shall stand.” It is God’s will that will always stand. Don’t fight it.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” God knows how to get to the best ending out of your life.
Matthew 6:33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Seek God’s kingdom/His will first and everything else will fall into place.
John 7:17 “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” Those who truly seek after His will, will know His will. God doesn’t play hide and seek with His people.
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Following God’s will, even when we don’t understand, will always work out according to His purpose.
Father God, I don’t pretend to know everything. The things that are happening and the things I don’t understand may perplex me, but nothing is out of the reach of Your Sovereign hand. Thank You, for Your faithfulness in my life. Thank You, for the daily new mercies. Thank You, that You have not given up on me, rather daily, You help me in the way I should go. Forgive me for the times when I went the wrong way. Help me to stay where You want me to stay and do what You want me to do. In the name of Jesus Christ, AMEN.
If you have found yourself out of the will of God, use today to start again. Today can be a day of renewal for you. Today, you can have a fresh start.
“When my soul fainted within me I remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.
But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.” Jonah 2:7-9
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