If there is one prayer, I would ask the Lord it would be to have His thoughts and His mindset.
We can have great ambitions and dreams, yet things are not turning out the way we expect them to be. Life throws us unexpected circumstances at times, and we do not like the outcome of what we see in the natural or temporary moment. We start to blame others or make excuses to justify our own reasoning. There are times we stubbornly or ignorantly blame God for our loss or the situation that we are facing and going through.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
God reminds us of who is in control of our life and circumstances: unexpected health problems, a broken relationship, grieving over a sudden loss of a loved one, or an addiction that has unraveled out of control now dealing with extreme dysfunction, etc. There are storms that we dislike. Some love the snow and lots of it, while others love the sunshine in the winter. Some dislike the rain, flooding, and excess humidity, etc. But God has a purpose in all of it, even when we cannot deal with it in the current moment. Remember, farmers love rain to give us an abundance of crops! When there’s not enough snow, then spring and summer are much drier.
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.” -Isaiah 55:8-11 NLT
So how do we attain God’s thoughts and get His mindset? We must spend time in the Word of God- The Bible. Reading, memorizing, and applying God’s word with faith and trust is a necessary element to give us the mind of Christ and to think the way God sees things.
“His ways and thoughts are higher than our ways”
“So, we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” -2 Corinthians 4:18 NLT
It's not your dream that God wants. It’s you!
You have a great day and a great week ahead of you, My Friend.
Pastor Andy Provitola