THE WILL OF GOD FOR ME (and YOU)
(Excerpt from, The Secret Place…Revealed)
After the heroic rescue by these men, I found myself checked into a hotel, weak and famished. There was a large grocery store across the street so I slowly made my way over there. As I walked into the front door of that store, I ran face to face into a bookrack. At about eye level a book stared at me as if it were alive, beckoning me to buy it. The title of the book was, Discovering God’s Will In Your Life by Lloyd John Ogilvie. This was God manifested in “book form” for sure. I needed whatever this book was going to tell me. I got the book and some groceries and hurried back to the hotel.
I poured both the water and the book into my thirsty soul. I read and read and read. I also cried and cried and cried.
Suddenly, it all came to me. I knew where I had missed it. Lloyd Ogilvie said several things that were life-changing….
“The restless search for the will of God is a sure sign that you are out of it!”
“The will of God is not a mysterious set of sealed orders we search for and receive if we happen to hit on the right formula. Rather, the will of God is a relationship with Him in which He discloses His purpose, power, and plan for our lives—and in that order…. The Lord’ s will for me was to abide, listen, wait—to want Him more than His guidance…. Out of love for me, He withheld temporarily what I wanted in order to give me what I needed.”
My entire ministry, desires, dreams, and life were all changed the moment I read those words. I can only pray the same thing is happening in you.
Had I been searching for something I was missing? Well, not really. I think it would be more accurate to say, “Something I was missing was searching for me.” You see, I passionately loved God, and still do. But I am also a task oriented person. I would get all excited in my relationship with the Lord, but when He would give me a project to do, I would pull my focus off Him and direct it to the project. I would give 100 percent to the project and totally forget about keeping the relationship intact. Sounds crazy, right? How could I forget God while doing something FOR God?
Nevertheless, if I get so caught up in the “doing” but forget her in the process, what good is it? It ends up being, “I will conquer this task to show you I can” instead of, “I really want to do this for You, because You are the love of my life.” See the difference?
For months and months I had been asking God, “What do you want me to do?” I never realized His biggest desire was for me to know Him. I realized my priorities were totally out of whack. When we get the revelation of “knowing” versus “doing,” our lives will never be the same. That’s what happened to me in that hotel room.
In Him, Pastor Kevin Kinchen