Jesus taught what it means to follow him. It means saying “no” to our own ideas and walking with him. Not second guessing his plan. Not explaining why we prefer our way to his. It means yielding decisions and desires to him. Why? Because he knows what we need better than we do:
- We want sunshine every day. God knows the earth needs rain, snow, and even a good lightning storm once in awhile.
- We want trouble-free lives for our children. God uses troubles to mold them and draw them to him, just as he does with us.
- We want everyone to like us. God wants obedience, boldness, and holiness over acclaim.
- We want good health. God wants us to realize our frailty, our dependence on him. Maybe he allows failure in our bodies to help us share in his sufferings.
- We want everyone to live at peace. He reminds us that he knew his coming to earth would create division, but he came anyway.
Yielding to God is not fatalistic. It’s following as his disciples did: walking with him wherever he led, stopping when he stopped, listening when he taught, and doing what he asked. It’s trusting his understanding and his intentions. Leaning in. Living confidently. Listening for his whispers. Following with anticipation. His way is better than my way every time!
“In all his acts God orders all things, whether good or evil, for the good of those who know him and seek him and who strive to bring their own freedom under obedience to his divine purpose. “ – Thomas Merton