I was reading from Henry Blackaby’s Experiencing God:Knowing and Doing the Will of God when a phrase he wrote stood out to me. I questioned the statement, but then had a thought that I wanted to share and hopefully get some feedback on.
Blackaby states, “If this was merely something they wanted to do for God, God would not be obligated to provide for them.”
Naturally, I had a question pop up, “Why?”. If we are seeking to do something for God that would further His kingdom then at first glance it would make perfect sense for Him to provide for it, so why wouldn’t He? Then what hit me was that if we are pursuing every whim and fancy that we have for God instead of focusing on what His specific will for us is then we are robbing ourselves of His blessings and the growth of relationship we would experience if we were following His specific will instead. By pursuing other things, things that aren’t inherently bad and do bring honor and glory to Him but are outside of His specific will for us, we could also rob others of specific blessings and growth opportunities that God had planned for them. This is not to say that God could not redeem that and still give those opportunities for the people they were intended, but just to bring to light how imperative it is for us to first bring everything before God and seek His counsel on if it is something He truly laid on our hearts, or is it something we just really want to do for Him.
What do you think?