Updated: Oct 14, 2018
“You cannot slander human nature; it is worse than words can paint it.”
You’ve probably heard that our human nature can drive us to do selfish things. Our culture rewards people who take matters into their own hands. Those individuals who refuse to "settle for less" and who take control of their own destinies are praised & promoted. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The problem with this reward system is that our society has removed God from the picture. We have become too impatient to wait for His directions.
"Sorry God! I've got a deadline."
Have you ever wanted to get out of a situation so badly that you resolved to quit? You thought, “I’m better than this,” or “I don’t deserve this,” or “Life is too short to stay in a place or a situation that I hate."
Of course you have. It is in our human nature to run away when the going gets tough. I think many of us have adopted the notion that we have to be willing to “walk away from the table” if we don’t like the hand we’ve been dealt.
But what if rather than being willing to walk away from the table, we were willing to STAY? What if rather than taking matters into our own hands, we offered our circumstances up to God. What if we said to Him, “Lord, I do not like this. You know I don’t like this and that I am miserable. BUT if You want me to stay, I will stay-because I trust You.”
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." -Romans 8:28
As A.W. Tozer once said, “God must do everything for us. Our part is to yield and trust.” The next time you feel like running away, ask yourself, "Do I really think my plans for my life will lead to a better outcome than God’s?"
Wait for His directions before you react. Trust Him to help you and guide you through every situation.
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” -Exodus 13:13-14