As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day. (1 Sam. 10:9)
DO YOU HAVE A ROUTINE? Some get up and do the same thing every morning. Some go through the same practices before bed. We go through life creating rhythms and cycles that define and shape our lives. That’s fine when it comes to everyday tasks that need accomplishing. It can be hindering when it comes to growing in our relationship with God. We pray, “God I can do that” or “God that’s not me.” We limit God in our lives by our very own standards of life.
Maybe you have struggled with a particular problem over and over again. Maybe there’s unforgiveness in your heart toward someone who has wronged you, and no matter how hard you try you cannot seem to break the bad habit or bring yourself to forgive someone. You have settled into a routine that you cannot change.
Here’s the good news: You don’t have to. It was God who changed Saul’s heart, and it is God who will change your heart. Your only responsibility is to seek God. Worship God, give yourself to Him, and be in a position to receive from Him. We spend a lot of time fighting issues in our lives, things we cannot break by ourselves. But God, through the work of the Holy Spirit, will change you into a different person. As you grow closer to God, you will begin to see things that once seemed so important fade away. You will be free from bondage and able to “do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.”
“Let go and let God” is a bit of a cliché . . . but it works. Try it!
Scott Simmons is the author of the youth discipleship series iFollow (Wesleyan Publishing House) and the youth ministry movement director for The Wesleyan Church.