Do you ever feel as if you are on the wrong path?
A while back, I had that same feeling. I just felt as if I was wandering around in the wilderness—going in circles. Nothing really brought me joy. I was irritated all the time. I hated when the anger bubbled up inside of me and I felt as if I was going to explode. I judged others and closed my heart to them. I didn’t give or receive love like I wanted or needed. The whole process made me so miserable.
My relationship with God, as well as my loved ones, suffered. I allowed the devil to make me so busy that I didn’t have time to do what God wanted me to do. Even when I accomplished things it didn’t bring me the joy that I longed for because I was trying to do it in myself.
Having a relationship with God and doing His work is hard because the devil distracts us continuously. Satan will persuade us to worry about our problems instead of praying about them. When I’m aligned with God, my soul is peaceful. It’s when I try to do things on my own that causes my heartache.
Now that I am closer to God I understand the fruit of the spirit better. Being obedient to God allows me to work with Him. We are co-workers. I can’t do it without Him—regardless of how hard I try. God can take a little and bless it abundantly. He has blessed my efforts so many times and made me look good. The fruit of God’s spirit is love, peace, joy, etc.
Therefore, when I am feeling irritated with others or trying so hard, without anything happening, then I know that I have been disobedient at some point and left my Lord. When I realize this I can keep going in the wrong direction, bringing misery and heartache upon myself, or I can ask for forgiveness and then ask God to show me the place where I made the wrong turn.
God wants to help us. He wants to lead us out of the wilderness. But we have to seek Him with our whole heart. We can’t hold onto our ways or walk stubbornly in the wrong direction trying to find our way. When we find ourselves in misery, then we just need to pray and wait for God to show us the way.
Deuteronomy 2:1-3 (KJV)
2 Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea, as the Lord spake unto me: and we compassed mount Seir many days.
2 And the Lord spake unto me, saying,
3 Ye have compassed this mountain long enough: turn you northward.
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