One of the profound truths I learnt in my early days of walking with God is the truth about making decisions along the will of God. I learnt that you should not go ahead to obey a divine leading simply because “God said”; you need to accept what God says and make it what you are saying. The will of God must become your own will.

“And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man…” (Genesis 6:3). Friend, God has not created us as robots. He does not force His will on us. He simply works in us both to will and to do of His good pleasures (Philippians 2:13). Jesus was not forced to obey God. He willingly laid down His life (John 10:17-18). This must be the posture of everyone who wants to fulfil destiny.

Dear sister, stop saying, “If not that God told me to marry him…” This is wrong. You are accusing God by saying that. You should rather say that, “God led me to him and I chose to marry him.” The truth is, we would all get to that point where the will of God does not seem to make sense. At this juncture, we need to know that we know that we chose to follow God, not forced.

When God leads you, take your time to accept His will. This is why I tell brothers that some sisters need time to respond to their proposals; not because they have not heard God, but they need to be decided. They need to choose to marry you. It must come out of their personal decision, not “God said”. This does not mean that God has given us the freedom to choose outside of His will.

God has not given us the freedom to choose what we like. He presents His will to us and counsels us to choose His will. It is His leading but it has to be our choice (Deuteronomy 30:19, Joshua 24:15). Destiny is sweet when we cooperate with God. It is exciting to know that you chose the path you are treading when God led you. No devil can deceive you and no situation can mesmerize you. You chose to follow God.

Don’t live in pretense. Allow God to work in you so that you can will and then do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). This is where waiting on God in prayers and fellowship comes in. This is where staying under the right atmosphere and having the right people around you are crucial. It helps you to adjust, adapt and accept the will of God. So, like Jesus, you can say that, “I have come to do your will oh God” (Hebrews 10:7). Amen!

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria