Listening in Obedience to His love in His Word 3-1-16

Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
There was a book I listened to as a child in school that had a little girl, Betsy, who was basically a spoiled brat type of character. She decided she didn’t want to be bossed around by her parents and so she would say “Not because you tell me to but just because I want to...” the she would go and do what her parents told her to do. This was a mild form of rebellion but it was rebellion just the same.
I wonder how much different we are when we say I am going to do this or that because it’s what we do instead of just giving our stubborn will over to God to change into a compliant will?
We should delight to do His will.
I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. Psalm 40:8
Or as the New Living Bible says; I take joy in doing your will, oh God for your instructions are written on my heart.
All of the scriptures we read are there to work on our hearts. They strengthen us, they cleanse us, they form our desires to line up with His will in our lives. Some of us can be pretty stubborn or strong willed and yet when we give in and ‘give over’ to God’s plan things seem to sync up and go smoother.
It is funny but we all want to know what to do, and yet when we are told to do something we do not always want to comply. Often we are told we can’t do what we wanted to do.
Like with Abraham and Lot we want to save everyone but some people just do not want to be saved. We need to know the difference and know when to allow them to come to terms with God and man on their own; and know when to reach out and draw them to the Holy Spirit’s loving arms. 
Each summer my team helps put on VBS’s at various churches in California. We learn to be obedient to the Holy Spirit’s lead on where to go and when to have them and place things in line with what we think things should be like often to find that we have to change things and modify our plans for His.
Not because we want to but because He tells us to.
Hopefully they will line up into a thought process or statement like “I take joy to do your will Lord! I want to do your will Lord! I will do your will!”
11 Then the Lord said to me, ‘Get up and resume the journey, and lead the people to the land I swore to give to their ancestors, so they may take possession of it.’
12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the Lord your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. 13 And you must always obey the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good.Deuteronomy 10:11-13

Israel was told, and so are we to always obey the Lord, not matter what. There is a job I could do, but I know the Lord does not want me to do it. He has let me know and I believe He has something else in mind for my time. Sure I could go ahead and be a Jonah- choosing to do things my way and try to ignore the Lord’s lead. I know for a fact it will end in a ‘belly of a big fish’ experience and let me tell you it stinks in there!
When we choose to walk in His guidance and direction then we can trust that He will give us favor with all that we do as unto the Lord Himself.
We do have to walk in His direction because it does usually matter what we do each day; occasionally we find things we do daily do not matter as much as whom we talk to but God has plans for us and He will direct our days.

No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,    and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with your God. (NLT)
Micah 6:8
When we humble ourselves before God and give Him our will for Him to modify and make His own then we will find peace for our soul and hope for tomorrow and a direction to walk in full of that hope!
Not because we want to alone, but we want to because He wants us to. When you love and are loved by someone you want to please them. It’s a win win when we choose to trust Him with our hearts and lives and follow the path He has put before us.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not in your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6
Dear Heavenly Father help us to pay attention to Your Word, and to follow Your will for each of our lives. Help us to listen to the Holy Spirit’s plans. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Suggested reading: Micah 6:1-16, Deuteronomy 10:1-22, Proverbs 3: 1-35

And Psalm 19:1-14