Situations that arise in everyday life can hinder your movement, growth and motivation to do the very things you desire or aspire to do. We battle more so with ourselves about the “what ifs” when we must possess the mindset of “what is!” I know for me, I used to waste lot of time thinking about all the things I’ve done wrong, often being my worst critic. What’s even more mind boggling, I never exerted equal time & energy on a resolution. Even when I prayed earnestly, what I hadn’t quite mastered was and sometimes still is, getting out of my own way.
Over a period of time, I’ve learned that my self-defeating behaviors are not in alignment with God’s word. Phil. 4:6 (NIV) says, “do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Another word from the Lord I find helpful when faced with dilemmas or periods of darkness I may not see my way out of says, “be joyful, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ” ( 1 Thessalonians 5;16-18).
How many times can you reflect back in your life and you were restless to move ahead without a command or plan of action or have you been led by the answering of your prayers but in an instant, obstinately refuse to go even when directed? Psalm 32:8-9 (NIV) reads: ” I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Don’t be like a horse or mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you.” Genesis 13:10 further explains how there may be temporary detours on our paths, but when we entrust our lives to God, we do not need to demand everything we think we have coming to us. God uses this time to grab our attention and get us to focus on him, and make us submissive and obedient to his word.
God can and will shift things around for you to work in your favor however, he may close doors no man can open & open new doors no man can close. Despite what your circumstance or situation looks like, we have to put our total trust in God. Revelations 3:8 (NIV) explains that because we believe and put our total trust in him, he will provide. If you need God to open some doors for you just ask him but first you must believe it to receive it! First, start thanking God in advance, put the worrying to rest because God has everything under control (God got this) and say this to yourself: “Thank you Lord for preserving me because I now believe what lies behind me & what lies before me are minor compared to what lies within me!”
New International Version Bible (2011)