Let's face it, we don't like to go where God wants us to go. He's always challenging us to step out of our comfort zone and do his work.
Some of us will run the other direction as fast as we can go thinking that he will let us off the hook. When we don't do where God wants us to go, we end up in places that are unhealthy for us and for others around us.
Remember, God is always with us, even when we deny him. He knows our every move. He knows what we are going to do before we make our move. Why then, do we try and do the opposite?
He knows we are going to go against what he wants for us. We know what is right, but we continue to do that which causes us pain. That is our free will at work.
Our road becomes tumultuous when we go against what is right. Our desire keeps us from getting what we need and even what we want. If we are patient, follow God's path, what is best will work out for us.
Go where God wants us, not where we want
We aren't alone in our desire to go against God's wishes. Adam and Eve went against God, and every other human makes missteps. No more proof is needed past Jonah, and his desire to avoid traveling to Nineveh. He nearly killed sailors who were taking Jonah to Tarshish. They through him in the water to get a great storm to stop.
Jonah told the sailors, “Throw me into the sea, and it will be calm again. I know this terrible storm is all my fault.” – Jonah 1 NLT
Must we be thrown into the sea to stop the violent storms that Jonah and the sailors experienced? We certainly need to pay attention to what God is telling us, what path we must take.
Following God's will makes for a bumpy road sometimes, and the outcome might seem brutal at first, as in Jonah's case. But, if we stick to God's plan, the result is fantastic as he calms the storm and changes how we love one another.
God allows us to be vulnerable, forgiving and loving when we follow his will.