Monday, February 19, 2018

Giving God Our Desires

In Limiting God

By Gayle Raif
March 15, 2017 at 11:34 a.m.

                                                Giving God Our Desires

It’s scary to give up my deepest desire to God, because then I’m taking the chance that God won’t give it to me.  Maybe that means that my focus is more on what I want than it is on mine and God’s relationship.  Do I really, really believe He can bring GOOD out of this situation for me? My imagination is so limited that I can’t see any good beyond the trauma.  I guess what I need to get into my heart, my spirit, is that God is good.  Period.  That the good He brings out of this for me is good.  Period.  Romans 12:2 tells me that God can change me into a new person by changing the way I think.  Then I can know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is.

     Maybe I need to ask God to change the way I think.  But if I do that, where is hope?    I guess it should be in God Himself, not in what I want to happen.  My hope should be that God is in control, that He will bring good for me out of all this by changing the way I think, not necessarily by changing the circumstances. And when He changes the way I think, I can accept that totally.  Then if He changes the circumstances to what I want, that will be frosting on the cake, a true blessing.

     Faith is the substance of things hoped for.  I realize now my faith has been in the hope that God will answer my fervent petition, not in God and His goodness.  Can I really trust God’s good for me may be different from what I want?  Can I trust Him because He is good, because he knows what is best for me?  At one time I could trust Him implicitly with my life when there was the possibility I might die.  Can I trust Him implicitly with my life now that I’m living?  Can I totally give up to Him the deepest desire of my heart so He can respond the way He wants…and be happy and at peace with His decision for my life?  I don’t think I’m there yet.






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