What is God's "map" for my life?
This Sunday’s sermon was all about the will of God on our lives and how the Lord navigates us toward it! Allowing the Lord to 100% navigate our lives takes trust in Him, and trusting God takes time. Pastor Eli uses the example of King David in the Bible to show us how God guides and transforms us as He leads us toward HIS will for our lives!
"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delights in his way." Psalm 37:23 (NKJV)
Do you trust God? Do you trust His timing?
This scripture reminds us that our steps are ORDERED by the Lord. They are both directed by God AND they have an order in which they are to be taken. In order for David to become a king, he first needed to know how to be a shepherd. Some pastors have a passion to preach and just want the mic, but they need to learn how to first serve and love people before ever becoming a shepherd of God's people. And the Lord does not want us skipping steps because He cares so much more about who we are rather than what we will do or where we are going!
"Though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand." Psalm 37:24 (NIV)
The beauty of this passage is that even if we “skip” a step or fall flat on our face, God catches us and still holds us high! Even through the times when it feels as if God is leading us away from our calling, we can trust that He knows what’s best for us! And when it feels God is moving us away from something, it's because He has a better path for us that is more in line with His true will for our lives. There are things God knows that you don't know and things He sees that you don't see. Do you trust God's order?
Who you are is more important than where you go
Pastor Eli also reminds us that in order to fully step into what God has for us NOW, we must let go of our past and stop looking back! We could miss out completely on where the Lord is trying to direct us if we are stuck in hurt, pain, and “what could have beens” from our past. A wonderful verse to meditate on revolving around this is:
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28 (NIV)
ALL things. The uncomfortable things, the painful things, the confusing things - God works them ALL for our good! We serve an incredible God who loves us so much. He cares more about our heart and who we are rather than our destination. Because He cares, He also rebukes when we try to skip steps or are heading toward a path of selfish gain - far from God’s plan. This rebuke is to further mold us into WHO God needs us to be to fully walk in His will for our lives!
"When you delight in God's ways, you will always be in His will." ~ Pastor Eli Nelson
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