Questioning God's Plan
Have you ever noticed that God's plan for your life rarely aligns with your plan for your life?
Sunday we started a new series about Jonah called "Big Fish". If there is any story in all of scripture that illustrates the above statement, it's the story of Jonah. This is the story of a well respected prophet who was known for his obedience, until the moment God asked Jonah something that didn't make sense.
The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” (Jonah 1:1-2 NLT)
Here's something you need to understand about God. He has no problem asking you to do something you don't want to do. Nineveh was a sworn enemy for Jonah. Have you ever said to yourself, "I could forgive anyone, but I can't forgive _______!" For Jonah, Nineveh is who is in his blank. And yet God is clear- He is sending Jonah to his enemy.
What would you do? Understanding God’s will for your life is not always as clear as we would like it to be. Often when hardships come or things do not work out the way we believe they should, we begin to question whether we heard God correctly. After all, God would never ask me to do something that made me feel this way!
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If anything proves God's willingness to ask us to obey in the midst of unbearable circumstances, it's the cross of His own son, Jesus Christ. The cross didn't make sense to anyone involved. Why would God send His son to the cross? Why would Jesus willingly die? What would possess Jesus to be able to pray the prayer He prayed in Gethsemane- Father let this cup pass from me, yet not my will, but yours be done." What can cause someone to obey when obedience seems to make no sense?
Do we trust God even when we don't understand? Even though we may question God’s plan for our lives, we need to have the faith and courage to say that God is good and therefore His plans for us must also be good. When we doubt the goodness of God, we will doubt His plan and like Jonah, we will run the other way. When we trust God's plan, we can walk headlong into the unknown, we can do things that don't make sense, and we can embrace a call to do things that we simply don't want to do.
How much do you trust in the goodness of God? What is your Nineveh, and are you embracing your call to it, or are you running?