When I was prepping for my artwork this morning, I grabbed some aluminum foil, paint and a wedge. Just as I was about to paint, I sensed the Lord impress upon my heart that life is like that. We are work in progress and none of us can say that we have arrived as the Master Artist is still shaping us to be more and more like Jesus Christ.
Someone once said that God is more concerned about your character than your comfort zone. When we come across challenging times, it will change us whether we notice it or not. It’s like an artist using tools that are available to achieve the desired results on the masterpiece.
22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
Ephesians 2:22-24 (NLT)
Have you ever come across any situation when you are given two options when God’s way, the right way doesn’t happen to be the easy way? If so, which way did you choose?
Have you been in situations when you just don’t know if you will ever get what you prayed for? Maybe it’s for a promotion that you’ve been waiting for, or changing to a different department at the workplace, or a life partner perhaps?
Sometimes I think we need to come to a place where we can say to God, “Lord, I trust You and I surrender my life to You. You know the desires of my heart and what is best for me in Your plan. When I don’t see anything happening, I know You are in control and all things will work out for the good of those who are called according to Your purpose and plan. Your will be done, not mine.”
We tend to pray for things and want them to happen according to our plans and forget that it’s all about Jesus; not us. When you can’t see what is happening or understand, trust His heart. It’s not only having faith in Him, but also an act of surrendering our will and plans. Perhaps that’s our part in dying daily.
And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.