Did You Ask?
Too often when we are making our goals and visions, we tend to only think about what it is we want. I know that I have been guilty of this many times as well. However, as I grow in my faith walk, I now think to myself, “Did I ask God if this is a part of His will for my life?”
I remember as a child wanting to eat snack after snack knowing my parents would say no if I asked them. If I happened to get caught, the first thing they would say is “Did you ask for that?”.
Although what I wanted was sweet and temporarily made me happy, it could have caused an upset stomach later in the day. If I had only asked my parents beforehand, they could have prevented me from feeling bad later.
This is no different from what God does. Sometimes He may say no to our plans but it is for a reason. It is not that He doesn’t want us to have the desires of our heart, He just knows when we can handle it.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matthew 6:33 NKJV
Did You Ask?
When we become adults, the asking shouldn’t stop. I can think of so many times I could have saved myself from some major headaches if I had only asked God about it first.
The Bible says in Proverbs 14:12:
So often we make decisions and set goals based solely on the things that we want. However, if we should not conform to the thought patterns of the world, we should be running our plans by God. Honestly, the main reason we don’t is that we’re afraid He’ll say no.
It’s only for our good
Like parents that don’t allow their kids to eat everything they want, it is only for their child’s good. As a parent, we don’t want to see our kids have to suffer from something that could have been prevented.
God wants to do the same for us. He will delay a promise or reroute us on a different path. God will do this so we don’t get involved in something that we are not ready to handle.
In 1 Samuel chapter 15, King Saul was given an order by the prophet Samuel that came from God. He was to kill an entire tribe and all that was attached to them. However, when Saul and his army set out to do so, he made a decision not to destroy the things that he considered good.
The keyword is “he”. Saul made the decision to do what he thought was best. Due to his disobedience to God’s instructions and not asking Him to deviate from it, Saul ended up being rejected as king.
Just because it’s good doesn’t mean it’s meant for you.
The story of King Saul is a prime example of putting your goals ahead of God’s plan. Setting out to do what you think is good could actually be detrimental to your future.
So as you are finalizing your plans for the year and decade, don’t be afraid to give your plans over to God. If He shows you that this is not your season to do certain things, trust that it is for your own good.
In Relentless Pursuit,