A good friend once said to me: “I don’t know what plans God has for my future, but I want to stop looking for what I want and ask Him to show me what He wants.” This hit home because I’ve spent most of my life relentlessly pursuing what I want and not pursuing what God wants. What has my time, sweat, tears, worry, and travail towards the relentless pursuit of my own goals really achieved? Has the sum total of my efforts just given me more things that add even more sweat, tears, worry, and travail to my life? What have I done that I can honestly say has been what God wants?
What does God want for us?
The Bible says: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
Have our pursuits brought us the peace that God wants for us?
I remember my original reason for going to law school was driven by a God-given desire to protect religious liberty. (I was so naïve that it didn’t occur to me that I could also make a lot of money.) After I was licensed, I discovered the financial benefits and got completely distracted. I abandoned my noble desire. Many years later, when I found myself broken by the disappointment and dissatisfaction from the pursuit of my own way, God had mercy on me. He returned my heart to Himself. He rekindled my desire to do something noble and eternal with my law degree. Now my law practice doubles as a mission field for hurting people and it serves as the financial basis for producing the devotional you’re reading right now. It has been the primary source of the capital for FaithStrong—both the devotionals and the music we’ve written and recorded. God had a plan—and it was better than I imagined!
After experiencing God’s plan, there is no doubt it’s far more satisfying than my own plans! I spent enough of my life intensely digging a ditch to nowhere. God’s plans are the only plans that give peace and satisfy my soul.
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