Imagine shopping for the perfect gift for someone special. You get it boxed and gift wrapped, then you head on over to their place to give it to them. That person you love sees the gift, excitedly tears the wrapping paper open... and then their smile turns upside down.
"I don't want this," they yell, showing no appreciation for the gift you gave them. "I didn't ask for this! I wanted something else," they shout, as they throw the box to the floor and trample it underfoot on their way out of the room.
They slam the door behind them.
Now, how would that make you feel? Awful right? Of course, because no one wants their gift to be rejected--even if it isn't exactly what the other person wants. You would hope that the person would accept the gift graciously, particularly because you did it out of love, right?
Well, similarly, God gives us blessings and gifts sometimes that don't quite match up with our preferences. As a result, at first glance, they don't seem much like gifts-- especially because we would like for things to turn out another way. But we need to learn to accept the fact that what He gives to us won't always line up with what we most want.
Nevertheless, rejecting the gift should never be an option for us. Pouting and being angry with God is an inappropriate response. Sulking and complaining is reflective of a wrong mindset.
See, some blessings, though different from what we're used to or even what we prefer, are valuable, helpful, and useful to us. God may take something we want away in order to make room for something else we need to have in our lives. On the other hand, He may drop something in our laps that feels overwhelming in order to refine us and prepare us for even greater things.
Don't complain. Just give thanks. "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (I Thessalonians 518).
We say we want His will to be done in and through us, so why is it that when God carries us down a path that seems contrary to what we want, we throw a fit, instead of accepting what He's doing? Why do we so often outright reject His way because it largely differs from what's on our agenda?
I know it's not easy, particularly when acceptance of God's will requires giving up some of our deepest desires; that's when it gets really hard to remain compliant with His will. Naturally, we bristle against anything that fundamentally contradicts what we think is best. That's why it can be tough to remain yielded and submissive when things aren't going our way. We want to go left when God is saying go right.
But don't ever make the mistake of rejecting an alternate path when God is the one paving it. Rather, just continue to seek Him and follow His lead. "In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He w ill direct thy path" (Proverbs 3:6) If you resist, you'll end up missing out on your blessing, all because it wasn't what you wanted.
This will help you so much if you'll receive it today.
As I said earlier, so many of us say, "Lead me and guide me Jesus. Take me in the direction you want me to go." Unfortunately, lots of us only say those words with our lips, but we don't mean them in our hearts. That's why, the moment God upsets our plans and challenges us to change what WE want to do and consider His way instead, we get all bent out of shape. Sometimes, we flat out reject God's plan and grow angry... because we think OUR plan is better.
But remind yourself that His way is best and if you follow along with His plan, He'll do exceedingly abundantly above all you could ever ask or think! (Ephesians 3:20) Just hang in there. It's all going to work out for your good. "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).
As always, thanks for reading, and until next time... may you be empowered to prosper!