Why do we sometimes have trouble understanding His plan? Sometimes we make decisions based on emotions. When life gets hard, our instinct is to move away from the source of pain – but in reality, we need to move closer to Jesus. When we figure He couldn’t possibly want us to feel this way, we’re more prone to take action and hope that we’re in His will. But then we’re actually focusing on ourselves instead of God’s plan. Also, we tend to focus only on the immediate. Many times we come to God troubled about the choices we or our loved ones are facing. We do not see how the situation could possibly be His will. Our short-term focus prevents us from seeing the Lord’s long-term purposes.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 26, 2023.