Is there an intention, plan, or project in your life which is failing? If so, could that pursuit be from your own desires rather than God’s will for you? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. What should you do?
1. Lay it on the altar – offer your desire up to God to do with as He will
2. Ask God, who is your loving Father, that if your pursuit is not His will He would take away the desire in your heart
3. Then ask Him, that if your pursuit is His will He would give you the courage, strength, and perseverance to keep working until it comes to pass
4. Finally, ask Him to show you the way forward; He may have a different route to your destiny
This is not a one-time action, either. Always hold plans in your hands loosely, as God may desire to change your direction at any point. Trust Him: He knows what He is doing.
Whatever your pursuit, ALWAYS live in the present even as you pursue the future. God desires us to “bloom where we are planted”, to bear fruit in our present circumstances. That’s why He told the Israelites as they were heading into captivity, “And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace.” (Jeremiah 29:7) Paul and Silas sang in prison with their feet in the stocks, and the jailer and his entire household were saved. Don’t be so focused on the future completion of your pursuit that you neglect to do good to those around you today.
Finally, be of good courage. Keep in remembrance the words of the Pharisee Gamaliel to the High Priest and his council when Peter and the other apostles were preaching and healing in the Name of Jesus:
“…if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it—lest you even be found to fight against God.” (Acts 5:28b-39)