We pray; then, we tend to give God instructions on answering our requests; those step-by-step directions reveal we don’t have the faith to leave everything in His royal hands. We often forget that our omniscient Lord knows more about our appeals than we ever could. He dealt with the matter long before there was an issue to address. His reasoning for doing what He does reaches far beyond our understanding. So tell me, how can our finite brains advise a sovereign God?
Genuine faith gives no instructions.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).
Do we trust God’s ways, or do we just want His power to execute our plans?
Yes, we believe God knows best but is that what we want, or do we just want Him to execute our best-laid plans? Do we trust His ways will satisfy our desires?
However, when we truly understand how much God loves us, His desires become our desires which loosens our tight grip on trying to control everything. And when we love Him in return, everything works together for our good (see Romans 8:28). So the sooner we trade our instructions in for His ways, the sooner God can get to work on our behalf.
Think about these questions:
- Did God need Noah’s advice on building the ark?
- Did God ask Moses for instructions on parting the Red Sea?
- Did God take lessons from Elijah on stopping the rain?
Of course not, and like so, God doesn’t need any instructions from us on starting our businesses, shielding us from evil plots, healing our bodies, saving our children, or any other circumstances we face. The truth of the matter is:
God doesn’t need any instructions—about anything.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding (Proverbs 3:5).
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