When God says this isn’t it! Scripture Reading – Ruth 1:14-18
Have you ever traveled through life and desired certain things, people or relationships? However, once you obtained it, you can hear the voice of the Lord saying – this isn’t it.
Maybe it was a job you dreamed about. Or a relationship you desired. Or maybe it was moving in a certain direction, but once you got there, you realized that God placed in your spirit – this ain’t even it!
Or it could be something that God placed in your life for a season, but now the time has now expired and that season is over. And God is now tugging at your heart to make a decision – to either stay stuck in your past or move forward to the unknown trusting in God.
So what do you do when God is telling you – this isn’t it! When you lost all that you knew. When a relationship comes to a sudden end. When a job decides to let you go. When friends turns their backs on you. When your life turns upside down or isn’t going the way you saw fit. When you have to make a decision to move into the unknown trusting God – just as Naomi and Ruth did or stay lingering in your past – like Oprah.
Let go and let God
For many of us we are in places God never intended for our lives. As such we are living lives beneath God’s best. We must begin to adopt a mindset to seek Him first prior to making any decisions. You have to begin to ask yourself, “Is this decision God approved?” In James 1:12, it tells us when a man has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to anyone who loves Him.
When you operate in a place that God never intended or a place God instructed you to let go, you only become frustrated and anxious. Therefore you must not only let go, but pray about it with ease. In Philippians 4:6, it tells us that – be anxious for nothing but in all things make your requests known unto God. Simply put- bring your prayer petitions before Him. Ask Him to guide you and then … let it all go, let it go, and let it go.
Trust His plans over your own
Listen – We all have our own plans. We all know where we want to be this time next year, and know, if it is God’s will, you will certainly be there. However, if it is not, He will lead you another way – a better way. So when things don’t work as plan, lean to Proverbs 3:5 – which states lean not to your own understanding, but to His.
You must understand, life is like a long road, and your eyes can only see so far ahead. Isn’t it good to know God can see all the way down the road and He sees what is on the other side?
So that relationship you desperately want to work, God may be protecting you from the pain He sees it may cause. Or that job you desired, He may be protecting you from an environment you simply wouldn’t fit. Or better yet, God tells us in His Word, eyes have not seen and ears have not heard the great and mighty things God wants to do in your life!
So, when life takes you for an unexpected turn or things do not quite work out the way you envisioned, stand still and know God still cares for you. Just like Ruth and Naomi did. Lift up your hands and continue to pray knowing when God says this isn’t it, He has a plan that is bigger than your “it” you could ever imagine!
Kemberley Washington is the author of 21 Days of Powerful Breakthroughs.