Accept- verb- to take or receive something; to agree or consent to; to undertake the responsibility, duties, and honors of; to regard as true or sound; believe.
If you’ll notice, the word accept is a verb, meaning there has to be some action behind it, that action being one or all of the definitions listed above. As I typed the definitions to this word, I couldn’t help but think about replacing the word accept with one of it’s definitions in this statement: I accept the will of God for my life. If you have a moment, do that now. I __________ the will of God for my life.
Makes you think about it doesn’t it? Are we really accepting the will of God for our lives or are we just saying we do because we’re “Christians” and still living the way we think we should live without consulting Him?
It is so very easy to fall into living our lives as we want, after all, they are ours to live right? Well, I’ve always been of the opinion that when we become Christians we don’t just give our hearts to God, we don’t “just believe”. I believe that when we accept Christ as our savior, we give God all of us, our hearts, minds, bodies, bank accounts, family, friends, job, etc. I like that story about how we only see that back of the tapestry of our lives, but God sees the front. Well if He sees everything that is happening and will happen, isn’t it best to let Him guide our way? To me it’s no different than being in the dark and following someone with a flashlight, no one in their right mind would say, “Nope, I can find my own way!”
Some things may seem too insignificant for God, trust me, they aren’t. I’ve personally experienced times when God showed me he cared about something that may have been trivial to others, but it meant something to me. You see, when we do things our way, it can only result in emptiness, dissatisfaction, and confusion; when we do things His way however, the result is completeness and peace.
Whenever you obey God, His seal is always that of peace, the witness of an unfathomable peace, which is not natural, but the peace of Jesus. Whenever peace does not come, tarry til it does or find out the reason why it does not. If you are acting on an impulse, or from a sense of the heroic, the peace of Jesus will not witness; there is no simplicity or confidence in God, because the spirit of simplicity is born of the Holy Ghost, not of your decisions. Every decision brings a reaction of simplicity.
My questions come whenever I cease to obey. When I have obeyed God, the problems never come between me and God, they come as probes to keep the mind going on with amazement at the revelation of God. Any problem that comes between God and myself springs out of disobedience; any problem, and there are many, that is alongside me while I obey God, increases my ecstatic delight, because I know that my Father knows, and I am going to watch and see how He unravels this thing.
My Utmost for His Highest
December 14th devotion