God's Will or Your Will?

My friends, I don’t know about you, but in the past, I’ve prayed for situations in my life to change and in the process, I would attempt to manipulate God for answers. In these situations, God answered my prayer. However, it wasn’t His direct will for my life but His permissive will.

As you can imagine, the consequences of the answers to my prayers were disastrous. But because of the mercy of God, I live to testify today.

The Bible character that comes to mind who wanted his will not God’s is Balaam. In Numbers 22:1-39, King Balak summoned Balaam to curse the children of Israel. The Lord warned him not to go, but he kept pestering God because of the great reward that the king was offering as counseling fees. Balaam became greedy and as a result he started manipulating God’s hands in prayers. God finally said he should go ahead. It was not God’s direct will but His permissive will.

However, God was angry with Balaam and He sent His angel to oppose him by standing in his path. But for Balaam’s donkey, the Lord would have killed him.

There are lessons here for you and me to learn as follows:
It isn’t pleasing to God whenever we force our will on Him through prayers. The consequences are often disastrous. As Christ followers, we should refrain from insisting on our will over God’s will.
We should always pray for God’s will to be done in our lives. He knows the end from the beginning and His will is always the best, though we don’t always see it at the time. We can never have anything better than what God intends for our lives.

Christ follower, pray daily for God’s will to be done in your life and accept His will, no matter how difficult it may seem at the time. If you are currently not a Christ follower, today is the day of salvation – come taste, and see that the Lord is good! All glory to God!

(Agnes Amos-Coleman)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.

Based on God Moves Jacob’s Family to Egypt on December 8th, 2018 - Watch Sermon

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