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Everyone desires to be in God’s will. Sometimes we even talk about wanting to be in the perfect will of God.

But God’s perfect will might not look like what you think it should. We need to clear up what we mean by perfect. Otherwise we could completely miss out on God’s will altogether because we’ll be too busy chasing daydreams.

Our idea of perfect is perfect to us.
A perfect day to you might mean everything is going the way you think it should go.
A perfect marriage to you might be one that’s easy and stress-free.
A perfect job to you might be one where you’re high on the leadership pyramid and banking loads of cash.

Those aren’t bad things, but they’re not necessarily perfect to God. That matters because what’s perfect to God is perfect for us. God’s will for you is to become everything He dreamed you to be so that you might glorify Him the way He deserves to be. And that doesn’t necessarily happen through easy circumstances or perfect conditions.

God’s will doesn’t have to be perfect to me to be perfect for me.

If you need proof of this, just take a brief glance at the Bible:
God’s will for Job wasn’t perfect to him. He lost everything. But it was perfect for him. It brought him to a whole new level of faith and positioned him for a greater blessing later in his life.

God’s will for Joseph wasn’t perfect to him. He landed in slavery and prison for over a decade. But it was perfect for him. Through him, God saved his family and an entire nation.

God’s will for Paul probably didn’t seem perfect to a lot of people. Few men have ever suffered so much for the gospel. But it was perfect for him. Few men have ever spread the gospel so vastly in their lifetime.

God’s will for Jesus didn’t seem perfect to his disciples. In the garden of Gethsemane, even He didn’t want it. But it was perfect for him. He defeated and humiliated sin on the cross. Then conquered death in the resurrection. And thereby provided salvation to the whole world.

God’s will for you might not always seem perfect to you. But trust me, His will is perfect for you.

The job you hate right now might not seem perfect to you. But through it God is perfectly developing your character, patience, and faithfulness.
That relationship you just lost might not seem like God’s perfect will to you. But the person God is clearing space for and has been preparing you for your entire life is perfect for you.
The disease you’re battling right now might not seem perfect to you. But God could use your pain as a platform for the gospel to reach countless people. And He’s putting you in the perfect position to comfort others.

That doesn’t make it easy. But it does make it meaningful. Purposeful. Worth it.
It makes it perfect for you.

Steven Furtick

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Comment by Tammy on July 1, 2013 at 5:54pm

Amen Charles Amen. The Scripture He gave me so many times at the death of my spouse was Jeremiah 29:11-14 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. Thank you so much for sharing.

Comment by Charles Burwell on July 1, 2013 at 4:36pm

Tammy

 

Excellent post. Thank you. I know in my walk with the Lord He has allowed many things to come my way that I felt I could never deal with simply because I could not understand the purpose ( if there was one) for what was happening. However, as I look back I can see the hand of God in many things and am still learning lessons from things I went through over 30 years ago.

 

God is even now revealing His purpose in some of them and letting me know that some of the things I will never understand and don't really need to. A scripture that He showed me that has helped more than any for the troubles I face is in Isaiah . Idon't have my bible with me so I can't give the exact reference but I'm sure you are familiar with it. It states

 

'My ways are not your ways , says the Lord, nor or My thoughts your thoughts. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so are my thoughts higher than yours and My ways higher than yours."

 

The wording might not be exact but the meaning is. It is comforting to me to know that I cannot comprehend the mind and ways of God. That may seem a bit strange but ( in my opinion) it is a great comfort. The reason for this is that I can have the confidence that when I get into a situation that I can see no way out of and get frustrted from trying to figure it out, I can have the confidence that God has ways of handling our 'impossible situations' and will sometimes work things out in ways that I could never have thought of.

 

It's very comforting to know the One who has the answers to the 'impossible' and I don't ( as much as before anyhow) have to know the 'why' of the things He is doing.

 

I no longer have to overexert ( which seems easier each day to do ) my poor brain to try to figure something out because I know who can figure it out and is willing to give me His peace when I'm willing to surrender the situation to Him and (more or less) get out of His way.

 

God bless

Comment by Tammy on June 30, 2013 at 9:35am

Amen Todd. Thanks JM

Comment by journeyman on June 30, 2013 at 5:57am

Amen to that Todd! Thanks Tammy! Cool post. :-)

Comment by Todd Robert Princl on June 30, 2013 at 4:30am

I brought this up the other day to my wife. She recently had $500 of her rummage sale money stolen. The old her would have stewed on this forever, trying to get to the bottom of it. I told her how God has been working inside of her because of how different she acted towards this setback. I was very proud.

 Sometimes we need to be reminded of how far we have come in our journey by the way we react after a setback. That was a good $500 reminder that I am sure she will cherish!!

 God is so great!!!

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