God’s Will or Mine?

Black woman holding a cup of coffee and staring out the window

There are so many things I should be doing right now. I should be working, I should be designing a program for an upcoming church event, I should be packing my bags for my vacation, and I should be preparing tutoring lessons. This is my hectic life and I am sure yours is just as hectic or maybe even more. The funny thing is, I am not doing any of these things right now. Why? Because I got the flu right before my vacation, when I still had so much stuff left to do at work. I can’t have this right now; I’m a woman, I’m supposed to know how to multitask! I feel like there is probably a good reason behind this: maybe God wants me to slow down?

Slowing down is something unheard of these days. Slowing down in an era that moves so quick, is contradictory. No one likes to be bored and everyone always has to be busy doing something. We want to do the right things with the right intentions, but maybe it’s just not the right time for it. It’s at this point that we should sit ourselves down and wonder what we are really doing. Yes, we’re being busy, but is what we’re doing actually relevant? The Word tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and He will give us everything we need (Matthew 6:33). This means that in all we do, we need to go to God first and ask what He would like us to do, how He would want us to live. And when we choose to follow His will, He will make sure everything else falls into place. I realized that during this hectic period I am not asking God to show me His will, that I am not actively seeking Him. Don’t get me wrong; I do pray, but I pray for God to lead me in the things that I choose to do, instead of asking Him to lead me in the things He wants me to do. And the issue with this, is that I get exhausted by things I maybe wasn’t supposed to do in the first place and I expect God to fix it.Jeremiah 29 verse 11 NIV translationWe should count ourselves blessed that we serve a God who will indeed fix our problems when we mess up. When life gets tough, we can lift our head and ask Jesus to come take the wheel. “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28). Yes, Jesus saves the day once again. But why do we allow it to get to that point? Why do we wait for things to become too much for us to handle, before we ask God to come into the situation? I hope you’ll agree with me when I say that in the end God’s way is always the best way. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that we are not to lean on our own understanding, but to trust God with all our heart, our whole being. We must seek His will in all we do and He will show us which way to go – His way.

Trusting in God and seeking His will, will result in us having peace. We’ll have peace because we won’t have to worry about what comes next. We have faith that whatever happens, happens for a reason and God will use it for our benefit. The next time you find yourself mentally, spiritually or physically drained, ask yourself “Am I pursuing God’s will or mine?

God Bless,
Ruth Osei

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