For every woman out there striving to live the life of the Proverbs 31 woman, there is a man striving to live the life of Paul. In our own ways, we are simply hoping to serve God in the way Christ served. Unfortunately, we also want it to be easy.
I made a decision a few weeks ago. I felt it was the best decision to make, even though it would hurt someone’s feelings. My decision was a Godly decision, but I now have a friend who is terribly upset with me. In fact, I am not sure this friend will ever be willing to accept that I made a decision based upon how I thought God wanted to me to handle the situation. I am afraid my friendship with this person is over.
Shortly before this all came about, I prayed a very simple prayer. I asked God to allow me to be His hands and feet here on Earth. I love a song out right now that says, “I wanna be His hands. I wanna be His feet.” I started thinking about it, and decided that is what I wanted. I prayed that God would use me to carry out His will on Earth. Then it got hard!
I suddenly found myself torn between what I wanted, and what God wanted me to do. I realized that God was willing to use me, but was I truly willing to serve? I thought it would be easy. I didn’t think about losing friends or hurting people’s feelings.
Now, some of you may be wondering how it was God’s will if I hurt someone’s feelings. Surely God wouldn’t want that for us, right? Wrong! Serving God doesn’t mean walking around judging others, but it could mean not allowing sin to go unnoticed. I refused to lie for this friend. I was not afraid I would get in trouble. I just knew it wasn’t right. I told my friend it wasn’t right, and this friend felt abandoned by me.
It took me a few weeks to conclude that I don’t understand God. Yeah! I am apparently a slow learner! I cannot understand God. I don’t have the ability to understand Him. Praise God for that, too! It would probably blow my mind!
I have to be willing to trust Him, instead. If I pray and ask for opportunities to serve Him, He will say, “Yes!” I need to be prepared to actually serve!
We don’t know too much about the life of the Proverbs 31 woman. We know far more about Paul. His path serving God wasn’t easy. He was willing to hurt the feelings of others, he served when things got tough, and he served cheerfully. I don’t want to sound “preachy” or like I have all things figured out. I don’t! But I know that God is working on changing me bit by bit, day by day. I just have to be smart enough to listen!