Living out of God’s will will bring pain. Being in God’s will will bring peace.
“I made a big mistake,” my friend said. She offered to drive a friend’s car to the hospital one afternoon. As she left to come home it was dark and the parking lot was full. She hit the alarm, and followed the beep.
“I got in the car,” she said. “I adjusted the seat, the mirrors, but the ignition key wouldn’t turn. I tried and tried.”
Moments later, she opened the door quickly and slipped out in seconds. She realized she was in the wrong car.
I almost laughed, until I realized that in the vehicle of life, we all make that mistake at one time or another. God said we’re in this world, but we’re not of this world. But do we listen? No. We try to fit where we don’t belong. We adjust our life trying to make things work. We try to move forward according to our will and whims. Frustration visits often, and discouragement settles in.
That’s because we still try to conform to this world’s pattern. We work to pay bills. We buy things to look good. We dream big to soar high. We reach goals to feel proud.
But no matter how we try, we get nowhere because the ignition key just won’t turn. We’re stuck. Until we discover that seeking God’s will is the key. And with that key then life turns. The ride is secure. Priorities change. The view improves, and the destination is sweet.
That’s why God, the manufacturer of our destiny gave us the map to follow: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
Father, I confess, I’ve been a fool reluctant to transform my mind and relentless in conforming to the world’s ways. But thank you for your grace that gives us another chance. And with a transformed mind, life has meaning, our journey holds purpose, and our dreams have significance. Thank you for giving us the wisdom to be transformed in mind and heart. In Jesus’s name, amen.
• How has your life been going?
• Are you driving down the road of life lined with purpose and meaning?
• How will you find God’s Will for your life?
Janet Perez Eckles
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