Friday, August 17, 2012

Riddles, puzzle pieces, and boats...

                I am not a huge fan of riddles, but some people enjoy telling me them anyway. If you have ever been stumped on one you've probably been told, “it's easy! Your thinking too hard.” I tend to think over the simple solution and complicate things. Usually the answer lies right in front of me and I can't even see it.
I think we tend to do this with God's will also. We're sit there trying to figure it out, and God stands there thinking, “it's easy! Your thinking too hard”. He asks us to follow Him like children (Mark 10:15), He doesn't ask us to get a Master's degree in “God's will”.
God tells us that He knows all His plans for us, and they are beautiful (Jeremiah 29:11). And then benefit us! His plans are what is best for us, even if we can't see that. It is like we are a puzzle piece carefully shaped to fit into the puzzle of God's big picture. When we fit ourselves in, not only does it add to the beauty of everything else, it's best for us because we fit in the spot. We're aren't forcing ourselves somewhere we don't belong. Psalms 34:7 says to “Delight thyself in the Lord”, because then “He will give you the desires of your heart”. So if we are seeking God with out whole being, He changes our desires! We want what God wants, and if we fulfill God's wants, we're fulfilling ours! I can't stand the attitude of “Well I like horses (using that because it applies to me), but I want God's will so I'll do something else.” What? You mean God didn't make you? And knew you'd like horses? He wants you to use how He made you for Him! That is why He shaped your puzzle piece that way!
So we sit there asking God how to serve Him, where does He want us? How do we know? When a boat sits in the ocean the captain can move the rudder whichever way he wants, but the won't turn unless it is moving. Serve God today and ask him steer. He can't turn you at a standstill. Look at the Apostle Paul. He didn't sit in Rome and ask for direction, he went to preach and when God led him elsewhere he went. Today you can serve God, then ask Him to steer!