Yielding to God’s Purposes
But the wisdom that is from above is the first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. –James 3:17 NKJV
Consider this: God is perfect. Eternal. Almighty. He knows everything about everyone (Ps. 139:1-4). On the other hand, we are imperfect. Sinful. Our lives are but a vapor (James 4:14). the more we learn, the more we realize we don’t know.
So why in the world wouldn’t we align our plans with God’s purpose?
We tend to think we know enough to make our own way in life.
But because God actually cares, get over that tendency. He is God. You are His. He provides the resources you need to accomplish His purpose.
Isaiah 41:10 records God’s assurance to His people:
“Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
God’s purpose for you is not mysterious – see Isaiah 46:8-11, Revelation 4:11, and Micah 6:6-8. He will show you the specifics to build upon these foundational purposes.
So make every one of your actions purposeful. And know that obedience is tightly tied to how your purpose is lived out.
If God’s absolute care for you is not enough motivation, consider this: There were many times God called specific people to do specific things; and from those who did not obey He took away His hand of protection and provision (Jer. 7:13-15; Rom. 1:18-32). Even in such cases, His distance is intended to bring us to repentance and reconciliation.
David wrote Psalm 57 when he fled from Saul into the cave. Perhaps David doubted God’s purpose for him at this point. Maybe he wondered what was going on. He may have even been tempted to think God was wrong. But instead he wrote, “I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me. He shall send from heaven and save me” (Ps. 57:2-3). David did not turn away from God’s purpose for his life, even when circumstances made it difficult to see the way forward.
Jesus said, “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgement is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me” (John 5:30). James calls us to follow Jesus’ example when he reminds us that the fruit of wisdom is becoming a person who is “willing to yield” (James 3:17).
What might the Lord be asking you to yield or surrender to Him in order for you to step into His purpose for you?