There is a typical saying, follow your heart, pursue what is in your heart. We even quote the scriptures in Psalm 37:4b “… and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” However, what if what is in our heart does not line up to God’s agenda. Are we willing to drop it no matter how convinced we are and pursue God’s agenda?
David desired in his heart to build God’s temple however it wasn’t in God’s agenda for David to build the temple as indicated in 1 Kings 8:17-19 “Now it was in the heart of my father David to build a temple for the name of the Lord God of Israel. But the Lord said to my father David, ‘Whereas it was in your heart to build a temple for My name, you did well that it was in your heart. Nevertheless you shall not build the temple, but your son who will come from your body, he shall build the temple for My name.”.
David could have continued to pursue his desire, he had prepared the resources, plan was in place however when prophet Nathan revealed God’s mind concerning his plan, David abandoned the project and passed on the plan and resources to his son Solomon. He was willing to submit to God’s plan.
God’s purposes and agenda are far superior to our own agenda even when we think that agenda is going to serve God’s kingdom.
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts”.
Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope”
I pray we’ll live a surrendered life willing to drop our agenda and embrace His agenda instead of stubbornly pursuing our agenda knowing the end result of His plan will be of peace and good.
Surrender means to give something that is yours to someone else because you have been forced to do so or because it is necessary to do so. It is God’s desire that we willingly surrender to him and not be coerced. A surrendered Christian life means giving up our will, agenda, opinions, priorities, rights to the will of God and accomplishing His agenda here on earth.
Jesus lived a surrendered life whilst here on earth. Jesus in Luke 22:42 said “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done. Acceptance of God’s will above yours is an act of humility.
Mary the mother of Jesus who surrendered her will as an engaged young lady and accepted the role of being pregnant by the Holy Spirit to the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38). She ignored the potential of the breakdown of relationship with Joseph and embraced the will of God. God in His mercy who is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him, preserved that relationship by appearing to Joseph in a dream not to put Mary away.
Gideon wanted to take 32000 soldiers to war but God said they were too many, Judges 7:2 “And the Lord said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel claim glory for itself against Me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ 7 Then the Lord said to Gideon, “By the three hundred men who lapped I will save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand. Let all the other people go, every man to his place. Can you imagine from 32000 to 300 yet victory was accomplished? God’s plan and agenda equates victory
We pray for the grace to surrender our plans to Him and embrace His agenda and plan in Jesus’s Name.