Into the Beautiful~ A Beautiful Arrangement

The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you. The Message Galatians 3:11

This verse is actually in the context of how we are not justified before God by obeying the law but rather by trusting Him through faith.  It’s not what we do that makes us righteous but what He has done on our behalf.  After I read this Message translation a couple of times, I then had this thought:

If we strive for anything in life it should be to enter into what You do for us…what He has already done for us and what He continues to do for us.

I sometimes have a hard time waiting for God to do the arranging in my life. I was thinking about that exact topic on the way to church on Sunday. Why is it so hard to wait for His timing…to wait for His best? I know from experience that when I do, then I have peace and contentment in my heart.

Over the years, I’ve often been guilty of trying to do the arranging of all life’s choices on my own.  I try to manipulate outcomes and then call it God’s will for my life. I leap over hurdles and travel around road blocks and convince myself that surely my choices must have God’s stamp of approval.

Yet, each time I’ve stubbornly pursued a certain direction in my life without allowing God to do the leading and arranging, I’ve ended up disappointed and anxious.  There is no peace when I reach my destination.

The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you.

Lord, that’s what I want!  I want to enter into what You do for me.  When this becomes my heart’s desire, there’s a beautiful shift that takes place in my life and in my situation.

This is where I want to go today.  This is where I want to stay.

Would you care to join me there?

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PS  I thought I would let you know that after I wrote this post, I started working on the Bible study lesson for the group I lead on Thursday morning. In that study was this quote from D.L. Moody “A great many people are trying to make peace, but that has already been done.  God has not left it for us to do; all we have to do is enter into it.”

…enter into it. 🙂

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12 thoughts on “Into the Beautiful~ A Beautiful Arrangement

    1. Eileen Post author

      We’re God’s little helpers aren’t we, Christina? I am not sure how He’s survived all these years without our backseat driving! 😉

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  1. Shelly Miller

    I am embracing what He already has in mind for me today. I had a day of unexpected interruptions yesterday and it was a wonderful day. I think I’ll do it again today! Lovely word Eileen, such a great way to view life isn’t it?

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  2. Rachel @myheartsmission

    Eileen-
    This is so beautiful! You echo my heart sister, my desire to let go- and let God take control- yes, to enter into His peace- and His plan for my life. To let Him set the path I walk upon instead of walking in my own limited strength, knowledge, and understanding. You wrote it so perfectly. Thank you for blessing my heart this morning through your word of encouragement. God bless you.

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  3. Heidi

    Thank you Eileen, I needed to hear this. I want to enter into what He has done for me and stay there settled in the peace that He already has for me.

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  4. David Helms

    In my experience I have found this to be an interesting balance in my Christian walk (as most things are). I sit and wait for God to lead and end up doing nothing for more than a decade, while God was waiting on me to use the talents, skills and passions that He had placed inside of me. I realized that me waiting on Him to make all my decisions was me trying to avoid all personal responsibility for when things went wrong.

    I now know He wants to walk with me. To guide me as I move, but I first have to move.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      David, I can relate to what you have said. Although we need to wait on Him, he does require for us to step out in faith. It does take movement on our part. Thanks for coming by!

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  5. Allison

    I am SO guilty of arranging my life to meet my requirements…only making room for Him in just the right spot. I want to arrange my life around what He has planned for me, but it’s so hard.

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