Life At Its Best: Seek wisdom of Holy Spirit
By Jim Graff
Feb. 14, 2014 at midnight
Updated Feb. 13, 2014 at 8:14 p.m.
I love suspenseful movies. They're especially fun to rewatch with someone who is seeing it for the first time. The first-timers are usually at the edge of their seat, waiting to see what happens next, but those who've seen it before sit calmly and relaxed. They already know how the story ends.
I imagine God feels the same way when the events of our lives unfold. For us, it can be scary. We can get nervous and overwhelmed by the uncertainty of our outcomes. But He's not uncertain at all. He had our story written before we were born. He knows the outcomes we can experience when we follow His guidance.
I learned this in 2007 when we were building our church's Connection Center. We drew up our design and sent it in to get a bid. The estimated price was much more than we'd expected, so they gave us three alternatives. We could take a loan, wait and save more money or reduce the cost by putting a column in the middle of the building.
They suggested option three because it would allow us to start right away. It was thought that with the state of the economy at the time, steel prices would rise significantly if we waited. I asked them to give me some time to pray. Logically, their plan made the most sense. However, when I prayed, I knew it wasn't the right route, so I told them we'd wait.
Less than a year later, the economy plunged unexpectedly, and the cost of steel plummeted. The new bid for the building was now less than the cost of the alternative. We got to design our building exactly the way God had put in our hearts. We could've never predicted that outcome. But God knew, and because we sought His guidance, He allowed us to receive what we'd believed for.
God wants to do the same for you. He wants to fulfill the desires He's given you. But in order to experience them, you must be obedient.
Many times we miss the blessing He has for us simply because we give up too soon. Maybe it is because we think our requests are a bother to Him or because they appear impossible.
But John 14:14 promises, "... Ask for anything in my name, and I'll do it." When we're asking according to God's will, there's nothing He won't do for us. But we must stay persistent.
Then, not only must you be persistent, but you must also be perceptive to God's way of doing things. It's easy to take matters into our own hands when we're not seeing the results we want. When we wanted that building, it was tempting to settle for the alternative design. But acting on our logic often causes us to miss God's best.
We must be careful not to act out of haste or impatience. Instead, we must seek the Holy Spirit's guidance and allow His wisdom to direct us. Continue to ask and act according to God's will. Remember, He already knows the outcome, and He'll lead you to it.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.