“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
“Don’t try to convince yourself what isn’t my will is my will,” the Holy Spirit who lives inside Jesus’ followers said right as I was in the midst of my usual daydreaming.
Oh, how experienced I am in convincing myself something that isn’t the will of the Lord is in fact the will of the Lord. Then off I go enjoying what really is my will not the Lord’s.
This message is for you, friend, for He has compelled me to share it with you. We humans who are born into a sinful world become quickly accustomed to living according to the world’s ways by which we strive to please the flesh rather than to please God. Then, along the way, we become experienced in excusing what we choose to do that displeases and dishonors the Lord.
When we follow Jesus, we need to learn to live according to God’s will not ours. And we need to not try to convince ourselves that our wishes, ways, and wants are His will when they are not. Let us live for Jesus, friend, and entrust ourselves to Him.