Telling Jesus . . .what to do?

“When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, ‘Send the multitudes away . . .'” Luke 9:12

Sometimes I do just what the disciples did . . .tell Jesus what to do. Gulp.

Thank You, Lord, for reminding me to want what You want, for Your will to be done in me and in this place today. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Do What You Want

I see a problem
and just want it fixed

and without much thought
tell You to do it quick

forgetting what You taught me
about praying for Your will

resting in Your promises
trusting You more still.

10 Comments

  1. Well said. Gosh this whole week I have been like toddler, running the other way, when I am called to go forth in other directions. Discipline pays off. He does have a purpose, we just have to stop fidgeting! Ha!

    Thank you Lord, for showing us what we must do…

  2. Deb,

    This is a great post. I liked this, too:

    “Thank You, Lord, for reminding me to want what You want, for Your will to be done in me and in this place today.”

    It reminds me of when the disciples said “Teach us to pray.”…

    “Thy Kingdom come thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven.”

    The Lord’s response to them encouraged me, too.

    “13But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.” Luke 9:13

    He asked them to do “the impossible”, and then made it possible. The thing that encouraged me most was that He didn’t get angry when they first suggested something that was not according to His plan. He just told them to do something different that required trust in Him. I am so glad that the Lord’s nature is unchanging!

    I know I got carried away. It just all hit me when I read your post and the passage of scripture. I thank the Lord and I thank you!

    Love,
    Theresa

  3. I am beyond guilty of this one way back then Deb! I not only told Him what to do but on a number of occasions I did it for Him. I took the matter in my hands because I know that God won’t allow evil deeds to go unpunished so I do the judging. And so the unqualified judge had to ask for forgiveness!
    šŸ™‚

  4. God bless you E! I can’t help but smile at your comment. I’m like that toddler too and so good at fidgeting!!! How did you know? ha! Praying with you for His will in our lives and a growing desire for it!

  5. I love it when you get carried away! šŸ™‚ You always take us on deeper and closer to Jesus when you do. Yay!
    Thank you so much for showing His response, that there was no anger or punishment on the twelve, just a redirection . . .a chance to open their eyes and hearts. I am captured by this part of what you said, “He asks them to do the impossible, then makes it possible.” Wow. He taps me and has me look again at seeing beyond what my mind thinks it knows.
    You are such a blessing! God bless you and all the ways He moves in and through you to comfort and help us!

  6. I have taken matters into my own hands so many times too, Rea, not giving Him a chance. I would’ve already decided what to do and been shuffling that multitude right out of there. Heck, I probably wouldn’t have allowed them to gather in the first place.
    So thankful that He opens our eyes and hearts, offers forgiveness and then shows us His way of doing things, which involves lots of love and trusting Him. Jesus is the best!
    God bless you as you rest in Him today!

  7. Deb, I finished my prayer time, came and read your post, and realized I had just finished doing exactly what the disciples did: I told Jesus what needed to be done, what He should do, in a situation, instead of just asking Him to handle it. If only I’d read this earlier before I prayed! But thankfully, as Theresa pointed out, He doesn’t get angry when we forget and try to take control. He gently corrects. Praying now that He would take care of the situation I prayed about as He sees fit. šŸ™‚ Peace, Linda

  8. I do that a lot too, Linda, and I’m not sure that it is completely wrong. I try to keep things simple, but sometimes it’s just not. Perhaps adding pleases and making it a request instead of a demand helps? And always wanting what He wants to do in it, for His glory? Maybe a heart attitude thing as we come before Him? I love that He is gentle and understands even when we tell Him what to do, what we really mean and what needs done. God bless you and your heart for Him. Praying with you too today, for Him to please cover and come into that situation, for His glory and for everyone’s good.

  9. Thank you, Deb šŸ™‚

    “I see a problem
    and just want it fixed

    and without much thought
    tell You to do it quick… ”

    I tend to go off and fix it myself and I find that I run out of time looooong before I run out of problems (or fixes! šŸ™‚ )

    Blessings and thanks for the direction,
    ann

  10. Thank YOU, gracious Ann, for always understanding and praying for us, for knowing what we can fix and what only He can do. (I tend to use super glue a lot. It doesn’t always hold! Not so super of a fixer!)
    God bless you and the direction He is taking you in today!


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