Our greatest struggle is not in the realm of understanding the will of God; it’s in the realm of obeying the God whose will it is.
To be painfully honest, when you and I look back at our lives, we do not find ourselves puzzled and mystified about God’s will nearly as much as we find ourselves stubborn and resistant to the One directing our steps.
Our problem isn’t that we don’t know; our problem is that we do know but aren’t willing to follow through.
That’s the basic struggle of the Christian life.
The clear truth of God is set before us time and time again. It’s available to us, we read it, we hear it explained from the pulpit, in a Christian book, or on a Christian radio program, and we sense the Holy Spirit whispering, Yes, this means you.
We understand Him clearly, but we resist.
When the chips are down, our tendency is to say, “I’ve got it planned another way.”
Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.