In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
Tuesday May 10, 2005
Why We Miss God's Will
1 JOHN 5:13-15
God has provided the Holy Spirit to teach His children about His will for them. (John 14:26) So why do we have trouble understanding what the plan is?
We make decisions based on emotion. When life presses in on us, our instinct is to move away from the source of the stress or pain. Our need to remove turmoil and difficulties from our lives takes precedence over God's plan. We figure He could not want us to feel this way, so we act and hope we are in His will. Our emphasis is on ourselves rather than on God's will.
We focus only on the immediate. Many times we come to God troubled about the choices we or our loved ones face. We do not see how this situation could possibly be His will. Our short-term focus prevents us from seeing God's long-term purposes.
We conduct a superficial search. In our desire for an answer, we can treat finding God's will like a checklist: Read the Bible; pray; fast; serve; worship; give. Then, satisfied with what we have done, we press the Lord for His answer now. But we have neglected to give God the time and stillness needed for hearing from Him. (Psalm 46:10) Investing time with God is a necessity, not a luxury, and listening without distractions is essential.
How much Bible study is required to find out what God wants for us? What amount of prayer? What quantity of time? The answer is simple: whatever it takes to hear from God. He will answer. Will we wait?
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