Smiling With Gritted Teeth

smiling-through-gritIn 2010, I had just finished high school and also played in a local worship band. We began to travel, playing for small youth revivals, in rehabilitation centers, and also in our own local churches! I firmly believed this path was what God had destined for me to do in life so I invested so much time practicing the songs and improving my skills on the piano. A few months after Christmas, one of the band members announced their resignation, leaving the rest of the band directionless. This cut me extremely deep because I believed that was the plan God had for me and now, in one announcement, it went from stability to calamity. I had no idea what was God's plan for me now! Have you ever questioned God's plan for your life? Have you ever wondered if it is really what you want for yourself? During this time,  I was very insecure in what God had in store for me. I was at a point where I didn't trust him because too many bad things were happening. The reason so much fear came up on me during this time was because I didn't trust God's plan and if we are all honest, I bet there are believers all around who may secretly fear what God has in store for them. But let us go to the Word.

"For I know what I have planned for you,' says the LORD. 'I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope."

Jeremiah 29:11 (NET)

God has good plans in store for us! Pastor Paul Daugherty asks this question and elaborates:

"What is God's will for my life? Is it God's will that I be sick or impoverish, for my family be angry with each other, or that we live defeated lives? NO! God's will is for me to have a good life, for me to not only to be blessed, but to be a blessing. God's will is for my health to be good, for my family to be in love with each other, not to be in strife, defeated, depressed, or in a poor mindset."(1)

I also think it is important for us to look at what Jesus says about his will. John 10:10 gives this basic theology: God is good. The devil is bad. God wants to bless us. The devil wants to destroy us. God creates. The devil perverts. God heals. The devil kills. God is truth. The devil deceives. I know this sounds silly to go over, but I feel like the Body of Christ needs to know this deep down in our knowers because if the devil deceives us, we will believe the works that he is doing is from God.

God's will is always to give you life abundantly; he paid a high price for all of us. He wants the entire world to experience this joy found in his salvation. He wants everyone!

No matter what you're going though, choose to trust Gods plan. When we choose to trust His plan, we invite the peace of God into our circumstance! You may not understand it all, and you may not need to, but choose to trust him. Stop Smiling With Gritted Teeth and decide to be joyful even through your circumstance. It will be tough, but if you want to see victory, you must decide. Being upset only makes it worse.

We are called to live trusting Him with our future. When we are joyful, we can be lead by peace. When we are led by peace, we will find our purpose. When we find our purpose, we will see how God has taken what the enemy meant for evil and worked it all out for our good!

RobHashRobert Hash, now living as a missionary in Mexico, was born again in 2005 at the age of 13. He is from Natchez, Mississippi and graduated Victory Bible Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2013. In 2011, he launched and publishes a message a week encouraging people to love God and love people! Subscribe to here!