A train can do everything it is supposed to do while it stays on its tracks. It can perform all the duties it is designed to do. It can go the right speed, the right direction, and it can carry all the right materials to all the right places as long as it stays on the tracks. The moment it leaves the tracks, it becomes a wreck.
As you could have guessed, we are the train. God’s will for our life is the tracks.
Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is”
We are not making the most of our lives if we just go about our way and don’t understand what God’s will is. When we try to go at life alone and create our own path, we become a wreck. This passage tells us that we are foolish if we don’t understand what God’s plan for our life is.
God’s will doesn’t only mean his specific plan for our lives, it also means living according to his will every day. We can do this by walking in love and faith and living by the spirit’s power. His will isn’t only accomplished over a lifetime, it is accomplished every day with the small actions we take.
I’m a planner. There are times that I get really anxious and frustrated if I don’t have a clear path that I’m traveling on. This can lead me to try to create my own path instead of being patient and seeking God’s will. When I try to make my own plans without seeking God’s direction first, I become a mess. My plans fail and I get frustrated and my little train of life becomes a wreck. The Bible tells us that God truly does have a plan for our lives and that He will guide us in the right direction.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you” Psalm 32:8
“People can plan what they want to do, but it is The Lord who guides their steps” Proverbs 16:9
My problem is being patient enough to listen for God’s voice instead of making my own plans. We do not see things on the same level as God does. We don’t see the end result, God does, and we have to live every day with that in mind. If we want to make the most of our life, we will deliberately seek God’s will and follow it. The train doesn’t know where to go on its own. The train cannot just travel around wherever it wants, it has to follow a clear, laid out path. Trains can do a lot of good when they’re traveling the right path, but they can also make a huge mess when they miss the tracks.
If we’re just aimlessly walking through life, we are wasting our time and we’re leaving a mess as we go. God promises to lead us through life as long we as relentlessly seek Him. When we start to leave our life up to God, we will start to see Him guiding us in the right direction.
Our human nature only lets us be at peace when we are in control, but God tells us to let go of our life and hand it over to him. When you trust that God has control of your life, you can live with the constant expectation that He is arranging things for your good. God has your best interest in mind, you only have to let go of your own plans and allow Him to direct you.