Would you agree life is a journey? There are billions of people residing here on this earth, and although some of our life experiences are identical, no individual can say that their life looks the same. It is natural to look over the fence and compare or contemplate why God chose your journey to look the way it does. No matter your journey, God calls us to delight and rejoice over the life he has given us (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19).
God has never failed to mention the twists and turns life would include (John 16:33). In this season, I am challenging myself to enjoy life for what it is. I am learning to recognize what God wants me to prioritize.
1 John 5:14-15 states:
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
God confidently shares with us precisely what we can ask and attain from Him through His word. We can come with our requests and earnestly ask God for whatever we desire or need. Do not confuse it with believing that God will provide you with anything you want. For God knows what we need. He clearly states in this passage that we can make requests as long as our recommendations align with His will. We can attain anything from God as long as it follows God’s plan for our lives. Many people ask what in life is promised to them.
What is Promised?
Ecclesiastes 7:13-14, states:
“Accept the way God does things, for who can straighten what he has made crooked? Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realize that both come from God.
Remember that nothing is certain in this life.”
God is teaching us that everything here on earth will not last forever. Seasons come and go, and circumstances frequently change. He reveals to us He is the only one we can trust. Matthew 6:19-21 says, “Don’t store up treasures here on earth…Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
Being successful in your journey requires three applications:
#1: Knowing Who is Writing Your Story:
Ultimately God is the one who is writing our story. When we understand God’s overarching plan, we realize that the things we go through are not accidental but intentional. Everything we experience and encounter purposefully shapes and molds us. Every human on the earth has a job. Whether we recognize it or not, we impact people and life itself. That impact results in being fruitful and positive or negative.
In Exodus 3, God revealed His name Yahweh and His will to Moses. Despite Moses’ doubt and fear, God promised to protect and support him.
#2: Worship The Creator, Not The Creation:
To journey throughout a life well requires discipline. The discipline involves faith and obedience to God. We have to be careful not to make idols and worship only God. If we are not careful, we slip into a trap of receiving false hope and help from false gods and resources.
As it says in Joshua 24:2, Abraham came from a family that worshiped other gods. Abraham learned that if he was going to be used by God and live a life worth living, he needed to worship God only. God blessed Abraham as promised (Genesis 26:2-5). As a result of Abraham’s choice to surrender and have faith, he saw God’s provision.
#3: Delight in What is Promised:
Receive and rejoice over the eternal gifts of God. Those gifts are salvation, redemption, spiritual gifts, and everything in heaven. Step out in faith and choose faith over fear. It is written in Matthew 6:33-34, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteous and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
May God bless you on the journey you are on. Do not forget to be driven by what God promised you and be encouraged that God will always be your guide.