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Seeds of the Kingdom

God’s Way, or My Way?

by Annalene Holtzhausen

20 October 2011

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O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.
Hosea 14:8, NLT

We’ve all heard the saying that we live in an ‘instant’ world. Technology has impacted our lives tremendously and most of us can’t even imagine being without our cell phones, computers, laptops and televisions. The media also informs us about every upgrade and what’s new. Information can be accessed wherever we are. A whole new world with endless possibilities has become available to us.

Apart from all the wonderful inventions around technology, there’s also an endless source of self-help books, different therapies for every condition or situation, remedies for all our ailments and an answer available for every problem

The question that arises is whether we still remember to ask God for direction, before we choose the possible solution to the problem we may be facing in our lives. Recently I became aware of the way people dart from one therapy to another, or from one self-help book to the next one, or how easily they take advice from any possible source without even for one moment taking the time to hear the Lord’s heart for their situation. They try every new method without considering what or who is behind it. In Ephesians 5:10 we are warned: ‘Carefully determine what pleases the Lord’. The Lord waits for us to call on Him first; to trust Him for the road we should choose towards the solution we so desperately need. He has the answers available and He knows exactly who to bring into our lives or who we should call on for help. Our Lord is a God of order and we should learn to respect Him in this area. As His children, we need to learn to hear His heart for our situation.

Many Christians become weary because they haven’t followed this path. They get to a stage where they just can’t understand why nothing works out and eventually to a point where they believe God doesn’t really care about them, or that even He can’t solve their problems. They have no hope or vision that their situation will ever change for the better.

We need to give everything in our lives to the Lord first and ask Him for the right way, before we choose the answer we think is right. We can’t make our choices and then ask Him to make it work. The horse must be in front of the carriage, not the carriage in front of the horse! I believe a lot of confusion and misunderstanding would be avoided if we looked to the Lord first, if we learnt to allow Him to guide us, and if we sought His will in every area of our lives.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, You are my Alpha and my Omega, my First and my Last, my Beginning and my End. Please increase my trust in You and help me to allow You to direct my paths. Please forgive me for all the times I reacted in a headstrong way and chose to follow my own ways. I now choose to put You first in every area of my life. Amen.

Annalene Holtzhausen is on the Associate Team at Ellel, Africa. She is married to Renier, who introduced her to Ellel Ministries. She is a full-time mother to their two boys. Her passion is for the restoration of women’s hearts and for people to find their worth in the Lord.


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