I’ve been reading Forgotten God for about three weeks now. At first I only read a chapter a day because I couldn’t absorb that much at one time; Chan presents some “duh” yet profound statements that resonated with me deeply. Well, I began to rationalize this “needing time to absorb” to become lazy and leave the book on the table unopened for a week.
I reopened the book today and quickly found this passage that speaks right to the core of me and is so very applicable in this season of my life.
There are very few people in the Scriptures who received their life plan from God in advance (or even their five-year plan, for that matter!). Consider Abraham, who was told to pack up his family and all his possessions and start walking. He didn’t know where he was going. He didn’t know if he would ever be back. He didn’t know any of the details we consider vital (e.g., his destination, how long the venture would take, what the costs/rewards would be, whether he’d receive a 401(k) or health insurance). God said to go and he went, and that’s pretty much all he knew.
I think a lot of us need to forget about God’s will for my life. God cares more about our response to His Spirit’s leading today, in the moment, than about what we intend to do next year. In fact, the decisions we make next year will be profoundly affected by the degree to which we submit to the Spirit right now, in today’s decisions.
It is easy to use the phrase “God’s will for my life” as an excuse for inaction or even disobedience. It’s much less demanding to think about God’s will for your future than it is to ask Him what He wants you to do in the next ten minutes. It’s safer to commit to following Him someday instead of this day.
Yup, just what I need to hear.