Psalms 37:23-24: “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”
How can that be? Let us examine this passage of scripture through the lens of God’s will and human understanding. How can God delight in us and let us stumble? He says we will not fall but my hardships seem like the very end. Our lives are riddled with statements like, “We’re never going to get out of debt! My dream is never going to come true. How is it ever going to work out? Why are my prayers not being answered?”
Trying to make sense of your purpose and the will of God during these moments is daunting. It only leads to questions, confusions, doubt, and sometimes resentment.
However, there is hope. A time will come when the plan will be revealed to us in completed form. Between now and then there are three elements to God’s will we unwillingly fall into that are wrong.
We tend to become fatalistic. The idea of fatalism — that everything that happens is God’s will — leads to self-pity. It causes us to blame God for everything bad in our lives rather than accepting responsibility that we may in fact have caused the problem. And, fatalism leads to passivity. It makes us think, “I’m waiting on God to bring me a wife” or “I’m waiting on God to get me a job.” All the while God is saying, “I’ve presented you the opportunities. I’ve given you free will to act upon your life. A body to work and a life to live.”
If you try to figure out everything in your life and control it there is one certain ending to that path, frustration. Sometimes you’re going to do what you think is God’s will, and it’s going to fail. Frustration enters quickly as you try to figure out life’s plan and your purpose here. Furthermore, constantly failing leads to further frustration and self doubt, “why can’t I do this? What is wrong with me.”
What do you do when there are no answers? More importantly, what should you do? Keep trusting God. He knows you are going to do great things and something is planned for you.
What is the last factor? Fear. What is behind the fear of God’s will? The root problem is we tend to doubt God’s love. The Bible says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” We always get into trouble when we doubt God’s love, because when we don’t trust Him, we don’t obey Him. We have a tendency to distrust that such a level of love could make us clean and righteous.
When we don’t understand what God is doing, the most important aspect is to have patience. God knows what’s best for you. He knows what He’s doing. You can’t see the end result, but He can and has. God’s path may be a path of pain, but all those delays and difficulties and problems are building character in your life.
Praise God for the plentiful land you have and when you walk through the dry desert, still give him praise.