What You Want vs What God Wants For You
A pastor I listened to every time I get a chance to once said something that resonates with every time I need to make a serious decision. He posed, “every time you need to make a decision and you are not sure if it is God, you can ask yourself three questions and answer them truthfully; what will this do for God? what will this do for others? what will this do for me”? If the answers to these questions align correctly, you will make the right decision. Decision making is similar to taking a multiple choice test; two answers are completely wrong ( so no problem crossing them off), one is close and one is the true answer. In the middle of the right answer and the one that is close is where most of us get stuck and cannot make a choice.
Have you ever reached a point where you are in between two great decisions? Either way you choose to go will be great because the cons from one of the choices is not clearly displayed. So then you have two options that are seemingly great! This is a crucial moment; a moment where you really have to use and test your faith and go with the choice that does not bring the fastest results or does not provide all the details. Can you trust that although there is a lack of details, that choice may be the right choice because it will grow you and allow you to rely heavily on your faith?
Another pastor I listen to each time the opportunity presents itself, stated, ” in order to say yes, you may have to say many nos”. He could not have said it any simpler or better. If you really think about it, every time you say yes to one thing, you say no to another or many others. Going back to being in the middle of two seemingly good decisions where either is fine; you have to say yes to one (unless both is really doable and the three questions mentioned above aligned for both) and say no to the other.
Many times, one of the two choices align perfectly with your faith or it is the faithful thing to do and the other is right on the border. Hence the title of the piece; your desire versus God’s desire for you. I believe there are times God does test our faith so we can learn to trust Him more. When details are not enough for us. When what we really want is what we know we cannot or should not have. When we want to both get what we want and what God wants for us but at different times. What do you do? Choose God’s way! Always. Is it always going to be the easiest choice to make? No. That is why it requires faith, trust, and rely on God knowing that it is going to work out- even better than you could ever imagine because that is the type of God you serve! A God that has the power to blow your imagination out of this world.