Have you ever wanted something so badly that you would have done anything to get it? A relationship, a job, that new home? I know there have been many times in my own life that I have settled for much less than God's best for me. This is often because the pain of letting go of the dream in my heart was much more than the pain of staying in a situation that was not God’s plan. Or so I thought …
Many of us have been willing to go into debt, lie or cheat on a resume, stay in relationships where we are treated poorly, etc., all for the sake of getting what we want. All because we thought the consequences of losing our dream were far worse than the consequences of sacrificing our values.
Learning from Moses’ faith
Moses wasn't willing to do that. You see, Moses wanted to enter the Promised Land more than anyone. He had a very personal relationship with God and he knew that God's promises were good. But what he knew even more was that the presence of God was so much better than any dream he could dream. Yes, he dreamed of entering the land that God had promised. Yes, he dreamed of the people that God had entrusted him with entering it too. But more than that, no matter how painful, he wanted God's plan. “…if your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here” (Exodus 33:15) And, guess what? Moses never entered the Promised Land, but he died loving and trusting God with everything he had.
I remember desperately wanting to homeschool my children. God said no and I was devastated. In hindsight, I see why. He said no because his dream for my family was much bigger than I was able to see. Much bigger than what I am still able to see. He had a different path for us. What he did instead was settle that dream in my heart and showed me his plan. But I had to be willing to hand it over to him first. I had to be willing to trust him with my dream.
The funny thing is that ten years later, He called me to homeschool my children and I begged Him not to make me. I didn’t want to do it. He had settled that for me years ago and now He was unsettling it. Honestly, I still have no idea why He is asking me to do it now. I am simply being obedient to His will and trusting that He has a plan for all of it. I wonder sometimes if He just needed to see if I would let it go and follow Him and when I did, He gave it back to me.
Letting go of your “dreams”
What about you? Is there something you want desperately for yourself? What about for your family? Are you willing to let go of that dream if God wants something different? Have you even asked Him what He thinks about your dream? It doesn't mean that you should give up on your dream; not at all. I just know first-hand what happens when you enter into something that is not God's will and can I tell you, it is much more painful than letting go of the dream.
Prayer: Thank you God that I can trust you no matter what! Thank you that you have a plan for my life and for those that I love. Please keep me from entering into ANYTHING that is not your plan and if I have a dream that doesn't belong to you, remove that desire from my heart. Thank you that you are trustworthy! In Jesus Name, Amen.
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What's one thing you feel God calling you to give up?