No, we should not plan to thwart God, we should not set out to undermine His will, His leading, even His calling (on you, or others). Sure, He is The Almighty God, The Everlasting, The King of kings, so who would even try to thwart Him? It’d be an exercise in futility, surely. But, we don’t set out to thwart God… it’s just what we seem to do. Our devotional today really centers around ‘judging’, as is admonished in Matthew 7:1, which states; “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
Now, typically we dive into the ‘do not criticize others’ use for this scripture, but if we look at it from God’s deeper perspective, we can certainly apply this directive to the many incidents in our lives when we ‘get ahead’ of God, or ‘cut to the chase’ as we try making sense (understanding) of the incidents’ purpose, His intent for our lives, and even just a ‘reason’ why we may be experiencing turmoil. See… too often, we approach our faith-walk like a chess game, or strategic-planning process… instead of simply taking His leading, His calling, His gentle guidance by faith, trust, and hope. In these moments of anguish, we anticipate ‘where He is headed’ with things, or we can even look around us and see that ‘others are not experiencing such turmoil’, or ‘others are blessed more’, or even just ‘others are getting away with sin’… and it’s debilitating, it’s demoralizing, it’s especially deflating, and feels wrong that God would seem to show preference, to be so inconsistent.
Remember Romans 9:20-21, says; “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?“, which is to say He IS God, and He alone determines your outcome… when we ‘get ahead’ of God and are not as quick to follow His leading, we ‘are’ thwarting His plan for our lives. Sure, not intentionally (hopefully), but that is our sin-nature and it still has too much control in our lives. Hope is not lost in God though, because He IS bigger than that, He IS able to overcome our sin-nature, He IS ready to work into you as you learn to surrender (as we discussed in Quiet Trusting Baby Steps). Over time, He will demonstrate to those around you that He is the Almighty Lord. 1 Timothy 6:15, reminds us; “Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.” He will show it, so don’t Thwart God!