PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Sometimes, we work very hard to convince ourselves that our wants are part of God’s will for our lives.
We focus so hard on the object of our desire, and we justify it as a plan God has for us.
Yet, we have a lingering unsettling in our hearts.
Here’s the truth…
If we feel unsettled, it’s not from God.
Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Then we have the words of Jesus from John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
And, Paul wrote, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,” (Colossians 3:15a).
The Holy Spirit will allow us to feel unsettled when we are not on the right path.
It’s not God being mean.
It’s because God has ordained a path for each of us that is greater than any shiny object we may fixate our attention on.
He wants better for us than we want for ourselves.
So when we can’t feel His peace that is repeatedly promised to us throughout Scripture, it’s a clue that we have to surrender our wills and allow His to come first.
And that means letting go.
Saying goodbye to the things or people who distract us from God’s perfect plan.
It’s not always easy, but it’s always worth it.
Today, as you pray, thank God for His perfect peace.
Thank Him for His goodness in creating a plan that is for our benefit.
Ask the Holy Spirit to help you wisely discern an unsettling.
Ask Him to give you clear discernment to recognize God’s peace (or lack thereof) in any situation.
Ask that your greatest desire will be whatever God’s will is.
And finally, ask Him to empower you and give you the courage to obey God’s will, even when it’s not what you wanted or hoped for.