God knows so many more things than I do! That is a lesson that he has been repeatedly reminding me of recently, amid the many disappointments that a global pandemic brought. Since January, not a single one of my plans have worked out the way I wanted them to, yet every day I find another reason why what happened was way better than what I wanted! I am learning amidst these circumstances, that the only one who knows what is going on and what is best for me, is the one who created me and loves me so much that it makes my brain hurt.
The passage in Acts 19 describes the time when Paul arrived in Ephesus and began preaching. A silversmith’s livelihood was threatened by the people abandoning worship of Artemis for God. The silversmith began convincing his fellow workmen to cause a ruckus. “Soon the whole city was in an uproar. . . Most of the people did not even know why they were there.” This passage effectively demonstrates what life is like without guidance from God. When we choose to listen to another voice that tells us what we are choosing to do is good and justified, when we really know that our motives are selfish and ungodly, we end up in an uproar. Worse, we often make sinful choices because we are following others and we want to fit in. How often do we see something on the news or social media, hearing one version of the story, and then dozens of people expressing their opinions? Then we make our opinion based on someone else’s perspective. I know I have. I don’t want to just jump on a bandwagon because it seems popular in the moment; rather, I want my values and opinions to be based in God’s values and his love. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” He wants us to ask for his help in achieving our goals, and he wants our goals to align with his. The only way that can happen is if we seek guidance through prayer and study of the word. If we do this, our thoughts, words, and actions, will reflect God’s kingdom on earth.
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