“Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying …” Jonah 1:1
I am continuing my devotional in Life Interrupted: Navigating the Unexpected by Priscilla Shirer. In this chapter Priscilla continues with the story of Jonah and adds a few of her own personal stories as well. The whole chapter centers on the fact that God is using people for His purpose, for His plans. We should consider that a privilege even in the midst of struggle.
That is a tall order! It’s hard to view our personal struggles and the things God denies us as a personal privilege. I know many times during the hard times I struggled not to be angry at God. However, she says this which had me thinking:
“It is a privilege for you and me as believers in Jesus Christ to hear the voice of God, to sense the stirring of His Holy Spirit-a privilege not everyone gets, only the adopted children of their heavenly Fathers.”
The question is, “How do we get to that point where we are willing to have our own plans changed or to find peace in the mist of struggle?” Discussed in this chapter is the fact that God has a detailed plan. He wants us to see His hand in this, to see His power and glory. Priscilla discusses the fact that God changes our desires; He molds us until we want nothing except what He wants. The greatest miracle that she talks about is that God changes our desires. When He changes us we can see His hand in things.
One other point she made was that we need to:
“Hold your own plans loosely and stay ready to submit to His.”
The reality is, God wants a close relationship with us, not a distant I’ll-call-you-when-I-need-you relationship. When you are one of God’s children, God will use you. He has a plan for you and will use you in His plans. To be honest this sounds scary to me. I sometimes think that I am not capable of being a part of God’s plan. Of course, I have my excuses for God not to use me. I’m not a Bible scholar, I’m not smart enough, I’m not brave enough, and etc., the list goes on and on.
What I learned from this chapter is that God will use you and He will prepare you. It is a privilege to be one of His children and it is a privilege for you to be a part of His plan. Not that I am so awesome God has to use me, but that God through His awesomeness is going to make me capable to do His will.
Do you often feel that you are incapable to do what God has called you to do? Do you feel that you could view your struggle as a privilege?
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Written By: Little Kristy