Proverbs 11:30


If we were asked to respond with yes or no to the question, all of us would say, "Yes, I want to know [God's] will." 

But doing God's will is another matter entirely, because almost without exception it requires risk and adjustment and change. We don't like that. Even using those words makes us squirm. Experiencing the reality of them is even worse. 

We love the familiar. 

We love the comfortable. 

We love something we can control—something we can get our arms around. Yet the closer we walk with the Lord, the less control we have over our own lives, and the more we must abandon to Him. 

To give Him our wills and to align our wills to His will require the abandonment of what we prefer, what we want, or what we would choose.


Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.