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Weekly Devotional

Sometimes God Just Lets Us Make a Mess!

Many Christians, when having to make important decisions, do a lot of praying before they go
ahead with plans. We ask God to show us His will in whatever decision is needed because we
want to get it right and we want to know that God is behind us in whatever decision we are

O.K. – reality check here: I am not talking about consulting the Lord about what clothes to put
on or what to eat for breakfast. I am speaking of having to make important life decisions and
knowing that I do not contain the sum of all knowledge or wisdom and might need some input.
Many years ago, as a very young Christian, I used to think, “God gave me a functioning brain,
and I know how to use it well, (most of the time), so why would I take time and effort to pray
about this? He can always stop me if I shouldn’t proceed.” So, what happens if I make a
decision based on my own thinking and things go badly awry? Why didn’t God stop me? We
like to lay that result at God’s feet, and we respond with “I guess its wasn’t God’s will.”
Perhaps, but sometimes God watches us as we go ahead on our own, never consulting Him to
find out what He wants, never seeking wise counsel from godly people, and then we are
surprised when something goes wrong. It may not have been His will that we go in that
direction, but sometimes He doesn’t stop us – He just lets us go ahead and make a mess
because He wants us to learn to seek Him and follow His lead. We can’t blame God for the
results when we ignore Him.


"The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice." (Proverbs 12:15)
And even if the outcome would be the same as if I had sought God’s direction, I have
minimized the importance of my relationship with my Heavenly Father. If I consistently
neglected to consult Him, it’s obvious I do not have that kind of intimate relationship with Him
that I should have.

Knowing God’s will is a co-op effort with God.

1) We pray, asking for guidance. God hears the earnest prayer of our heart.

2) We wait patiently for God’s response. But beware, our impatience can cause us to want to
take things into our own hands and move ahead before we know God’s will.
3) We surrender the situation to God, asking that His will be done – even if it is different that
my own will or wants.
4) God shows us what is best for us and gives us the ability to follow through, trusting that He
has our very best in mind. Because His foreknowledge is complete, He sees around the corners
into every aspect of our futures and uses that knowledge to show us what the best result will be.
5) We trust God’s wisdom over our own and then -
6) We follow through with what He has shown us His will and we act on it, instead of our own
smarts or lack of them.

That does not mean that we check our brains at the altar when we become Christians. Seeking
God’s wisdom actually enhances our ability to make wise decisions based on God’s wisdom
(greater than our own), His love for us and wanting the very best for us. Yes, ultimate decisions
are in our hands, but first we seek His counsel.

My husband’s favorite bible verse for many years was Proverbs 3:5, 6 “Trust in the LORD
with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you
do, and he will show you which path to take.”

That verse is both a direction and a conditional promise. The direction is in the first part of that
verse: trust Him, don’t depend on your own “smarts” (my husband John’s words) and seek His
will. And IF we seek His will, He WILL show us the way to go. (that’s the conditional promise.) And you know what? It works! Perhaps not as quickly as you and I always desire, but as the Lord is helping us to wait patiently for Him, we can be at peace knowing that God will keep that promise in His time.
“Seeking God first will always put us in the correct position, and aim us in the right direction to
move into the future God has for us.” (Stormie Omartian)

B. Klassen

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