To the Dreamers: Part 2
“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.” Ecclesiastes 12:13
I ended my last blog “to the dreamers” with the verse above. What I find interesting about this verse is the person who wrote it.
King Solomon, the wisest, wealthiest man wrote Ecclesiastes. Solomon had it all and did it all. He took part in all the worlds’ pleasures. He tested all the things the world says to take part of. And what was his conclusion after everything? “Fear God and keep His commands”.
My last blog was about dreams. Many of us have dreams within us. We have things we want to accomplish in our lifetime. But no matter what it is you want to do, the only One who will fulfill your soul is Jesus. No amount of money, success, fame, work, sex, relationships or the like will fill the emptiness you feel inside of your heart. There is a God sized hole in each of us, and until Jesus comes into your heart and life, that hole will remain.
But, with all of this said, if you are pursuing Christ with everything and you are seeking Him first, He will lead you down a path He created you for.
I’m urging you to make sure you follow God with your dreams, because I know from experience that dreams don’t fulfill us in itself. But, when God is directing your path and leading you where you need to go, that’s when the real adventure starts.
God is good in everything He does. And even if He asks you to surrender a particular dream to Him, you need to trust that it is for your own benefit. As I write about surrender and laying down our dreams before God, I need to make it clear that if God asks us to surrender something to Him, it’s because He is doing it out of LOVE for us. The bible says God is Love (1 John 4:8). So every action He takes is done out of love- even if it doesn’t seem like it in the moment.
I can speak from my own experience: when I was about to graduate high school in 2010, I had these plans to go to a specific college. I was pushing to make these things happen. But as I was pushing, there was so much resistance. I believed these plans for school were from God (but it was my own ignorance that caused me to believe that, because I never genuinely sought God with this plan).
As time went on, all my plans fell apart through certain events. I was so upset, particularly at God because what I wanted fell through. So, I had to take my plan B for college and go to a local community school. I remember on my first day I was crying on my way to class. But a short while after, I came to that crossroads that I spoke about in my last blog. I was so lost in my life. I needed direction on what to do with my future. And that’s when I surrendered to God.
For my life, God used certain events to redirect my future. And I am so thankful He did. I truly believe so much that has happened in my life would have never happened if I didn’t surrender to Jesus. My life is also flooding with purpose and dreams for the future, and that is all thanks to God.
But sometimes, when we walk our own path, God lets things pan out because He has given us free will. God will use people around us, events, His word, and other means to get our attention if were going the wrong way. But if we ignore His warnings, that is on us. I truly believe it breaks Gods heart when we ignore His path. God knows our future if we choose to walk away from (or not fully embrace Him), and that future without God can lead to confusion, emptiness, and possible devastation in our lives (whether emotionally, spiritually, or even physically.)
We must remember God gives us commandments to follow because He LOVES US! Just like a parent who gives rules to their children because they want to protect them, that is how God is to us. He gives us guidelines and tells us what not to do because He wants to protect us from the damage things can cause to our soul.
I can speak personally about this as well- life is so much less complicated when I choose to be honest in all that I do. Life is smooth when I do things fair and treat people well. Life is peaceful when I choose to stay away from gossip and slander. I know I was protected from a lot of heartbreak because I didn’t sleep around before I got married. And the list goes on- I can speak personally of how following Gods commands has protected me from a lot of devastation. (And please hear me: following Jesus does not mean life will be perfect. In fact, it gets hard. Really hard. But many of our problems are created by ourselves. And when we follow Jesus, He shows us priorities. And when priorities are in order, He will give us peace.)
But many of us have done “worse” things. Or you might even be living a life right now where you know you’re not obeying God and His commands. If you’re that person, what I want to say to you is this: It’s not, and never will be too late for you! Remember- God is love. And even if you feel you are too far gone, you’re not. God is so good because even when we disobey Him, He still takes us back into His arms. Even when we ignore His warnings, He will always accept us. Even when we go our own way, He still uses ALL things for good.
It doesn’t matter what you have done in your past, or what you are currently doing in your present. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are. The mistakes you have made and bad choices do not disqualify you from Gods plan. God is GREATER than anything we could have ever done. The recovery process from our old life can be a painful process, but the victory from shame and guilt is yours if you want it: and it is all thanks to what Jesus Christ has done for us.
I want to encourage you: Make a decision today to drop the baggage of your bad choices, and accept the free gift of grace only found in Jesus Christ. By the power of His death and resurrection on the cross, He made a way of forgiveness and freedom for you. Healing is free. Freedom is free for you to take. But you need to do just that- take it. Take the new life Jesus has for you, and embrace the process so you can walk into the dreams you were destined for.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28