Pr. 13:1: “A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a scoffer does not listen to rebuke.”
Most of us don’t like to be told what to do. We were born selfish and throughout our lives we remain that way…with a few modifications.
Following Christ truly is a sacrifice on our parts. When we follow Christ, we humble ourselves, we submit to His authority, and we allow His will to be done, trusting in His wisdom and not our own. These are things that come naturally to almost none of us.
We like the feeling of being in control. We like to do what we want. We like things to happen exactly when and how we want. Giving these things up is no small thing. Don’t think you’re the only one who struggles with these things. They are common to us all.
Here is what you will find; however, if you choose to do these things:
When you humble yourself before the Lord, He will lift you up. (James 4:10)
When you submit to His authority in all your ways, He will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:6)
When you allow His will to be done, you will find that His plans for you are to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
When you choose to love God, you will also find that He will work all things for your good. (Romans 8:28)
The Lord told Paul that His grace was sufficient for him and that His strength is made perfect in weakness. He is no respecter of persons; if He was strong enough for Paul, He is strong enough for us all! We don’t naturally want to appear weak, but when we are weak, God’s strength can truly be made known in our lives.
Truly God has more than enough of all we need. Heeding His instructions will be the best thing you do. If you can step out in faith and just trust, one more time, you will find God faithful. He will be there and His strength will be the perfect thing for each situation in which you find yourself.