When you hear the word God, money is probably not your first thought. However, if we’re not careful, money can quickly take the place of God in your life. There’s a thin green line that often separates our heart and our head and it’s the thickness of a dollar bill. Paul warned Timothy that “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:10) Money in and of itself is not bad. As with so many things involving our faith, it all comes down to the heart. (Matthew 6:21) It’s not about the money it’s about our heart.
It forces you to chase things that’ll never satisfy.
When was the last time you heard someone say, “I hope this takes a little longer?” Never. As Americans, we don’t like to wait for anything. If we can’t google it, download an app for it, or get it within 5 minutes we find ourselves at a loss.
Waiting on God can seem even more difficult. We long for him to show up in our lives in the way we want. Maybe it’s healing for a sick family member, a new job, or relief from constant pain and stress. God may be answering your prayer, just not in the way you’d like. He might be saying one of the following things:
You’ll often hear people say, “God has a plan for your life”. While I certainly believe that’s true, I find that I don’t often live like this. I think God has a plan for my life later, when I grow up. (if I ever grow up)
However, I believe that God not only has a plan for your distant future but also for your immediate future. Many times I have students who ask me how they discern what God’s will is for their lives? My suggestion is this… Following God today, will help you figure out what you should do tomorrow.
Jesus said we really could only handle one day at a time anyways (Matthew 6:34).
Let me encourage you to pay attention to what God may be leading you to do today. The only way you’ll be able to figure this out is by spending time with Him and in His Word. (Go here for more on this)
Here’s one to get you started…
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
God’s will for you today might include the following:
How can I show love to Him and others today?
What could I do to help create joy in someone’s life?
Is there an area I could help make peace?
Do I need to demonstrate more patience?
How do I show more kindness to my kids?
Are there areas of my life that don’t produce goodness?
Am I faithful to God, my spouse, my friends?
Would I be described as gentle in spirit?
Do I have self-control?
So what’s the next right thing listed above you need to work on in your life? I would suggest that whatever it is may be part of God’s will for your life today.