Yup. You read that right. Today I’m talking about willingness to be used by God. I’m talking about taking your life plans, handing them over, and saying “here God, your will not mine.” Be open to what the Spirit has to say to you.
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33
This verse speaks to the character of God. When the Spirit speaks, He doesn’t lead to destruction, disorder, or ruin. We can trust that the Lord’s plans for us are good.
I know this because I made plenty of plans for myself, some with good intentions, but I led myself down many wrong paths. I didn’t consult God and didn’t think twice about being His instrument. I was stubborn. Un-moldable.
I was hard Play-Doh.
My decisions led me to pregnancy a month after my high school graduation (at least I made it right?), marriage at 18, multiple affairs, living in my car, divorce at 23, making money illegally to obtain that divorce, remarriage at 23, second pregnancy 6 months later, a suffering second marriage, and finally—a 16 year battle with eating disorders and various mental illnesses.
In short, when I do life on my own: I’m a train wreck.
Had I listened to God, my life would have turned out much differently. I would have saved myself an inexplicable amount of heartache. Looking back, the Holy Spirit prompted me not to make certain choices. I felt that still small voice saying, “dont do this”, but I didn’t listen.
“Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” Psalms 32:9
In other words, don’t be stubborn, or hard of heart. Don’t be so set on your own way that you lose sight of the fact that God is bigger than you are and His ways are higher than yours.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8-9
God desires to use us for our good and for His glory. He can’t if we don’t listen to Him. Jesus understands our pain. He lived as we lived so that he could empathize with us as human while fully God. However, this doesn’t mean he wants us to experience pain.
“But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
Start by asking God for the willingness to be willing. Give God your plans. He won’t harm you. Trust Him. Listen to Him. Love Him. Don’t be hard Play-Doh.