How often do we find ourselves asking or even telling God to fix our predicament? Whether it is a small thing, such as a lack of power, due to a storm, to something much larger, such as infertility or the inability to carry a child full-term, as humans, we often have many suggestions, opinions, and demands to offer to God. Sometimes, we throw our temper-tantrums out loud for everyone to witness and other times, it’s a silent scream from the depths of our hearts. We want God to fix this, and we want it done now!
God certainly has the power and ability to change your situation. But what if He doesn’t? What if He says, “Not now,” to what you want? What if He says, “No.”? You have two options at this point:
1. Get angry and allow your heart to harden in bitterness, as you rebel against God’s will for your life. Continue in discontent, as you stare longingly at what you desire.
2. Choose joy, peace, and contentment, knowing that God does all things for our good and for His glory…every time.
The first one is easy and comes naturally, but how do we live out the second choice? I would like to offer a way to display sacrificial obedience that will set you free from the anger, bitterness, frustration, and rebellion against the will of All-Mighty God. It is found in one simple phrase:
…Or change my heart.
It is not a sin to share our dreams and desires with our Heavenly Father. Actually, He wants us to do this.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:8
May he grant you your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans! Psalm 20:4
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
However, these verses do not promise that God will give us whatever we want. Our “heart’s desire” must match His will for our life. What we think we want now may not be what we decide we want next week, next year, or 10 years from now. We must trust that God, who knows the beginning from the end, will design our lives in such a way that we will be in the very best place possible now and in the future.
It is not always easy to ask God to change our hearts. We enjoy going our way and doing our own thing. God must give us the desire to seek after Him and His will.
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” Romans 3:10-12
I will run in the way of your commandments when you enlarge my heart! Psalm 119:32
However, great blessings are promised to those who allow God to have full reign in their hearts. If we seek God’s will, we will find that our paths become straight and the way becomes clear. If you desire to know God’s will for your life, seek God, and you will find it.
Who is the man who fears the LORD? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. Psalm 25:12
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:6
And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them. Isaiah 42:16
The outpouring of our hearts will not only tell the world who we really are, but will also tell them Who our God is. We must be sure that our heart is pointing them to Christ…alone.
As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man. Proverbs 27:19
If your heart is consumed with seeing your circumstances “fixed,” try taking the challenge to ask God to “change your heart,” instead. You may be surprised at the result, as you see God “fix” things in a way that you couldn’t even imagine.