Today’s Scripture: O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. Psalm 63:1, 8

I can’t find it anywhere! Ever have one of those mornings when you can’t find a single sock in the drawer that matches another? The car keys are MIA and the credit-card that is supposed to be in your wallet is gone when you reach the gas station in search of some much desired coffee and fuel. You tried to be prepared, but searched in vain for what you thought you needed for the day.Sometimes we feel like this when we are searching for God’s will. We mentally try to muddle through our life situations with the mindset that if we think about it over and over again, surely we will find God’s will. Honestly, in our human strength, we cannot find it. So, how can we possibly know God’s will?

Our prayer needs to be, “Lord, make me more Christ-like.” If we are like Christ, we will be smack-dab in the center of God’s will. If we know our Savior and have His mindset, we will do exactly what God has planned for us. It is not about an intensive mental search, but rather, about trying to know the Lord better. The harder we try to be good, the more impossible it becomes. It is not of ourselves that we attain anything pleasing to God, it is through Christ alone. Consider what Christ would or would not do when you are faced with a situation that baffles you. Better yet, do it for every situation!

You don’t have to make things happen in your life, and finding God’s will doesn’t need to feel like trying to locate the only matching pair of socks in your drawer. When you are in pursuit of God, and when He is the desire of your heart, you will be right where you need to be. Rather than trying to force your own agenda, let Christ do His work in your life. Remember, without Christ you cannot find God’s will. Life will seem like nothing but meaningless hurdles. Whenever something gets in your way, remember, tears will not fix it, but reacting like Christ certainly will.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder