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God's will

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

Your Kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Matthew 6:10 (NVI)

I have asked God to do His will in my life countless times. Looking back, I must tell you that most of the time, I had no clue what I was doing praying that. I sure thought I wanted God’s will, but truthfully, I wanted God to do my will. If someone had told me that, I would have been offended at them for insinuating my lack of sincerity, but that person would have been right. If I wanted God’s will in my life, I would not have reacted the way I did when God did not do what I expected or did not give me what I wanted.

Looking back, if God had done what I wanted, I would be a different person now. I would probably be living in a different place, and I would have missed so many great experiences and people that now are a precious part of my life. I remember the first time God changed my plans as an adult. I was ready to move to Asia and be a full-time missionary. In a matter of days, God canceled those plans, and I ended up back in Northern California.

I was devastated and thought God had abandoned me when God had a better plan for me. Instead of going to Asia alone, I started a Spanish Church within a Russian Church with the help of my family and some Russian visionaries. My first worship team in that church consisted of outstanding Russian immigrants who learned to sing in Spanish to bless my congregation. God Amazing!

Whenever God has not let me have my way, I end up in beautiful places. Even when His will for me included pain and suffering, His grace sustained me, and that pain transformed me. When I experienced losses, and He took away things or people from me, at the end of those seasons, He gave me much more than I lost.

Child of God, if the path God is taking you does not make sense now, take heart; you are not alone. God’s will for many people in the Bible did not make sense initially. I am sure Joseph had a hard time understanding his journey; from the pit to the palace, but that journey prepared him to save the lives of millions. The forty years Moses lived in the desert were probably not too pleasant, but they prepared Him to take God’s people out of Egypt.

We live in difficult times, and if you read the news, there is not much hope that things will change any time soon. No one knows what the future has in store, but I know who has our future in His hands. If you are going through a tough season, please do not lose hope. Trust your Heavenly Father. Knowing God as I know Him, I can boldly and now, with more understanding, pray for you and me, “Father, your kingdom come, you will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

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