To be honest, the 2 words in my title do not generally describe me. At all. However, something I read today really has made me stop and think.
From My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers…
“We must never put our dreams of success as God’s purpose for us; His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have an idea that God is leading us to a particular end, a desired goal; He is not. The question of getting to a particular end is a mere incident. What we call the process, God calls the end.
What is my dream of God’s purpose? His purpose is that I depend on Him and His power now. If I can stay in the middle of the turmoil calm and unperplexed, that is the end of the purpose of God. God is not working towards a particular finish; His end is the process – that I see Him walking on the waves, no shore in sight, no success, no goal, just the absolute certainty that it is all right because I see Him walking on the sea. It is the process, not the end, which is glorifying to God.”
Several things jump out at me as I read this. So many times I hear people praying or discussing how a certain thing must be in God’s will because it is GOOD and will help them be SUCCESSFUL. I don’t know, we are promised life abundantly, God is faithful, I believe He is good…but I don’t believe that His plan for us always to be successful. I believe the world’s view of success has warped our minds so much so that now, even as believers, our view of success is very blurred. Sometimes the biggest and most important lessons in my life have come from hardship and trial…not from success.
I also know that for myself, I am often not calm and unperplexed. When I am distressed, I am showing my lack of trust in the Lord. I love the fact that God isn’t looking to make me into something. He is wanting to mold me, make me, He is looking for a heart that loves Him above all else. But I don’t have to have a position of authority or royalty to do that. Am I trusting Him completely in the waves, in the successes and in the failures, when I can’t see the shoreline at all?
“Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the LORD!” Psalm 27:14.