Do you ever feel restless for no reason whatsoever? Everything seems to be good around you & within the circles of friends & family. So, why this nagging restless feeling when everything seems right? My life is pretty calm right now. I can’t complain, well, I could, but I won’t. There aren’t any major problems to deal with or any heartbreaking stories to tell for which I am extremely grateful!! Praise the Lord!! But, something doesn’t feel right on the inside. I can’t put my finger on it, but I’m definitely restless. My restlessness is an indicator letting me know something needs to be addressed on the inside. I need to bring my restlessness to God & ask Him to help me see what He sees. I need God to help me wade through these emotions & face them head on. I’ll be honest, a big part of me wants to bypass God and just handle it on my own. And by handle it, I mean avoid it all together & pretend it’s nothing. I don’t know what is on the other side of these restless emotions. I’d rather just avoid & move on. But, I have a feeling God wants me to linger here a little longer in order to reveal the root of the restlessness.
Have you ever tried to bypass God? No? Oh, I guess that’s just me! Well, let me tell you, you can’t! I mean you can try and you might prolong things a bit, but eventually God will get His way. And His way is actually way better than our way and it produces good things in us. Our way doesn’t usually change us or produce anything good. It just keeps us stuck or going in circles. God has good intentions towards us even in those uncomfortable places that we just wish He would leave alone or let us bypass. I have a few places I wish He would let me avoid, but I know nothing will change if I do not face these things. The process will probably be challenging & it will likely be painful to some degree. But, the good news is, I don’t have to face these uncomfortable places alone. Deuteronomy 31:8 says “The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
So, why do we try to bypass God if He promises to be with us? He clearly tells us that He is going ahead of us and that He will not fail or forsake us. Maybe it’s because we try to handle things in our own strength & own way. I don’t know about you, but I struggle with asking others for help. But, I also have a hard time asking for God’s help too at times. I go to Him for the big things, but I don’t always go to God for help with the things I think I can handle on my own. Or those things I do not really even want to handle like facing the root of my restlessness. It too shall pass right? Or maybe this restlessness won’t pass until I fully surrender to doing it God’s way & trust Him with the outcome.
If God is asking you to face something difficult or painful today, you can trust that He has already gone ahead of you. He has made a way through for you. He will not fail you nor forsake you. Don’t try to bypass God’s way. God’s way is the best way and He intends to do good to you.