You can take a trip to the top of the world and back, what God is telling you to do or what you know He wants you to do won’t change. His word isn’t geographically conditioned. His will is the same wherever we go. Taking a trip somewhere won’t change what He is telling you to do. You can try to talk yourself out of it. You can come up with justifications and reasons. You can run into the belly of a whale but God’s will for us won’t change because we fight it or because we want something else. The following are five things we tend to do when we don’t want to do what God wants.
We ask others their opinions
So what do we do when we don’t want to do what God wants us to do? We ask others their opinions and feedback on the matter, hoping they can talk us out of doing what God wants. You tell yourself you’re seeking wisdom but you honestly want someone to give you permission to do what you want and talk you out of what God wants. We find so-called inspirational quotes that fit what we want to do. But we have zero peace. So we keep confiding in everyone and anything until we find someone who agrees with us and our selfish reasoning.
We start tripping
But we still have no peace doing it our way. So we get away to reason with our weaknesses. We justify a need for a little selfishness. I mean we’re entitled to a little selfishness. No one is perfect. Plus you’ve sacrificed. You’ve toiled and suffered. You should reward yourself with a little me-ism. How could God not understand that as much as we love Him, we can’t be like Him all the time? Like that’s too much. We get tired. We need self gratification, not all the time but enough so we at least feel empowered. We try to reason like everyone else and justify doing us. So we keep doing us till we an no longer recognize ourselves.
We don’t want to be vulnerable
Doing what God wants, whatever it is, has the tendency to leave us vulnerable. Oh that dirty word vulnerable. Who wants to feel vulnerable, not in control? That’s so unAmerican. We want all our rights without any of the responsibilities. We want what we want. The heart wants what it wants. The battle isn’t between us and Satan. The battle is between God and self. Self wants to be pleased but God wants us to please Him.
We pretend not to have clarity
We make excuses. We tell ourselves the 21st century most common selfish living endorsement, “No one is perfect.” So we rationale what we want against what God wants us to do. We also pretend we don’t have clarity on what He wants because we’ve somehow managed to convince ourselves that we don’t understand what He wants. But we do understand. We’re just trying to manufacture an out clause. But what God wants us to do is clear. But we can’t do it without his wisdom, his moment by moment instructions, his loving hand over our hurt hearts. We may not know where it will lead us, but we know we’re in loving hands.
We have a tough time surrendering
Now we just have to surrender and do what we know He wants us to do. Though it goes against our quest for self empowerment, justice and avoidance of future pain, we must trust God. Yep, that’s what it comes down to. When God wants us to do something that we don’t want to do, it’s simply a matter of trusting Him, trusting His love, peace, protection and provision. Don’t try to figure it out with your head. Trust Him. Trust Him with your life, your rights, your pain, your present and your future. There’s no safer place to live than in His will.
Know that along the way, He heals. He restores. He protects and He provides. That’s all the guarantee we need. Don’t get so caught up in the destination that you don’t entrust Him with the journey.