"The Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones; and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail."
It's so funny how human nature works. We believe God is guiding us as long as we are getting what we want and we're living "high off the hog." This type of life where everything comes our way in consistent blessings is when we feel totally tuned in to our Lord. But we need to understand that the Lord is directing our steps even when the days seem gloomy. You may be in a stressful situation today. You could be living with a spouse or child who is difficult to get along with. You have proclaimed your undying faith to Jesus, but that other "person" just doesn't seem to get all that wonderful mentoring you've been bestowing each day. Or perhaps because of favoritism or politics at the office, you are not being treated fairly. Maybe those in charge are just slapping more and more work on your desk unbeknownst to the fact you are about to burst. Maybe you are holding down two jobs to make ends meet. You may be sitting there right now reading this thinking, This doesn't seem right, God, I just don't get all this.
The Scripture says, "Since the Lord is directing our steps, why try to figure out everything that happens along the way?" (Proverbs 20:24) Let me tell you right now, that you are never going to understand everything you go through in your life or why certain things come against you. The only recourse is to learn to trust God anyway. Throughout this keep a good attitude in the midst of the chaos and confusion, knowing that God is still in control. And, THIS is hard to do some days.
There is a story that is a great example of true faith in the midst of adversity. A short time ago there were two basketball players who were headed to Kenya to work on a missions project in the late 1990's. Somehow they were delayed and missed their plane. They were terribly disappointed, as the next flight wasn't for eight or nine hours.
When it was finally time to leave, there were only two seats available up in first class. The attendants seated the big guys directly up front. This made the flight bearable with more leg room. In the midst of that flight, the plane took a nosedive and started streaking toward the ground at full throttle. People began to to scream frantically around them. The flight attendants tried to subdue the passengers. Everyone knew that the end was near.
The two big basketball passengers, being men of God, tried to regain their composure by praying, "God, we really don't understand this, but please use our lives somehow."
Immediately following they heard loud noises coming from the cockpit. A flight attendant opened the door and there was a deranged man, over seven feet tall, hovering over the captain. The copilot was no match for this man and was trying desperately to subdue him. The man was trying to gain control of the plane. He was a madman and no one in that cockpit was a match for him.
All of a sudden the two basketball players saw what as happening from their front seats. They pulled the attacker to the ground and pulled him out of the cockpit. By the time they were actually able to get him under control, the plane had fallen from 30,000 feet to 4,000 feet. Had the pilots not been able to regain control, within seconds the plane would have crashed and killed everyone on board.
You are never privy as to why God puts you in some predicaments. Sometimes you may be placed there to help others just as those two basketball players were. God delayed those two young men on purpose. He put them right in first class, right up front, so they could help save the lives on that plane.
Sometimes God will put you in an uncomfortable situation so that you can be of service to someone. God delayed those two men on purpose to save that entire plane. God knows what he's doing, and you need to be open to when he needs you. Stop waiting on him to give you what you want. Today, open your heart. Ask God to place you where he needs you.
Trust that he will give you what you need to do his work. Be open. Listen to his voice as he directs you. Start each morning with a prayer, "God place me where you need me most."