This morning a verse was laid upon my heart: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.” (Is. 48:17b) God may lead us into difficult circumstances (Mark 6:45–51), but wherever He guides us, He does it “to do good for you in the end” (Deut. 8:16). After I studied this verse, I read the following devotional from Dr. Greg Laurie that I believe illustrates this.

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“Going a little farther, He fell with His face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'” (Matt. 26:39)

When my sons were growing and one of them had a few dollars to spend, I would take him to the toy store. My son would look around, select a toy he wanted, and then ask me what I thought.

At that moment I would have a vision of his closet and all his broken toys. I knew the toy he was considering also would go that way. So I would tell him, “Well, buddy, I don’t think that’s a good toy to buy. I recommend you get something different.”

“But I want this one.”

“Why don’t you just wait and think about it.”

“Why don’t you choose for me, Dad?”

I loved it when my sons would say that. Of course, you know what I ended up doing. I usually ended up spending a little more money on them. I liked to get them great toys.

That is God’s attitude toward us, illustrated in a simplistic way. When we ask the Lord to choose for us, He will go above and beyond what we can ask or think. Many times we limit God through our unbelief. He wants to do more than we’re asking for. So don’t be afraid to say, “Not as I will, but as You will.”