“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.                                      Isaiah 55:8
I tend to want to choose what areas in my life that God works on. Even if I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing and working on areas that are a problem in my life, it’s an area that I want to be better in. It’s not very often that I ask God what areas it is that He wants me to be working on. Which is crazy, because God knows me better than I know myself. He knows what my biggest flaws are, He knows where I need the most improvement, or where it’s most important for me to be working on.
See, the areas that we want God’s help in aren’t always the areas most important to get it. Our thoughts are not His thoughts. He is a lot lot lot more wise than I am. Even if I’m trying to improve on something that needs improving, God might be trying to get my attention to tell me that some other area of my life is what really needs the work. I might just be working on some surface issue, whereas God is trying to get to the root of the problem. I might overcome some struggle, but since I didn’t get to the real reason behind that struggle, another one will just pop up in its place.
God knows our hearts, He knows where we struggle, and He knows what causes those struggles. He knows what issue we need to work on that will help the most, but I might just try to work on the areas that are the most evident to me. It’s important not to do good looking things without asking God. Fighting an addiction is great, but it might just be costing you time and effort because you’re not facing the issue that is fueling that addiction. God knows exactly what we need, so ask Him what He wants you to be working on. Let God decide where you time and effort goes in your life, rather than deciding for yourself.