Why God Has You Going In Circles

I have asked this many times. Then I found this verse “And the Lord spoke to me saying, you have circled this mountain long en. Now turn north” in Deuteronomy 2:2-3 NASB.

The verse is referring to the Israelites refusing to follow the direction of God through the voice of Moses. God performed a multitude of miracles, He more than proved Himself to these people, and yet the still wanted to go their own way leading them to continually go in circles. They literally circled the same mountain for 40- years to make a journey that should have taken a few weeks.

So, why do we still continue to go in these same circles? Why, because we don’t really know where we are going, but we must think we do. If we continually do the same things over and over and keep getting the same results, and make the same mistakes over and over. This is due to a three pronged mistake; we think we know better than God, because we don’t always go to Him for guidance, and then we do, we don’t always listen and obey.

God gave the people of Israel guidance, but they chose to walk in circles around the mountain in a state of apprehension rather than having faith in God. Don’t we do the same thing? We may ask for guidance, doors close and new ones open, but we are too afraid of change or failure that we continue going nowhere out of fear.

God gave the Israelites many chances and He will do the same for us. God does not want to see anyone perish. But until we completely surrender, in total faith, and stop trying to control everything, can God then be free lead us towards a new path. Until we see the errors of our ways we will just keep going in circles.

Why are we so determined to run our own show? Why is control such a driving force behind everything we do? I think intellectually we know we have very little control over pretty much anything, but yet we try to force the course of the events, (our lives) in the direction we want it to go. And them we wonder why we get stuck, crash and burn.

If we would just let go of our control and let God handle things life could be so much easier, with way less stress.

But prayer is the only answer; it’s the only way out of this control life loop. We need to run to God every time we feel the desire to grab the steering wheel out of God’s hands. We need to stop-drop-pray. Pray for God to remove this desire from us; pray for Him to mend this character defect in us.

It’s hard for anyone to trust especially if people have broken our trust. It’s human nature. But God is not like man. He cannot lie, and He never breaks a promise.

Jesus tells us to become like little children and trust Him so we can learn His ways.

Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become like little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:3-4

If we aren’t willing to admit like a little kid, that we don’t know everything, we will never be open to learn, and more importantly, change. We must be humble, and willing to say, “I don’t know everything, I was wrong, teach me.” Then and only then are we open to change and free to learn.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

God has a plan; He isn’t just going along all willie-nilly. He has a great plan, and all we need to do to get inline with Him is surrender our plans for His. Sounds easy right? Well, this is by far the hardest thing we are ever going to have to do. Why? Is it so hard to truly let go?

We must pray for the ability to surrender. We must then act on this ability and do the great big let-go! We need to get it through our heads once and for all that God has a pre-planned agenda for us, and we have to do is get out of His way.

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Do you know what good works is? I’ll bet it’s not what you think. It’s not going around doing good deeds or even helping people. Good works plan and simple is obeying God. It’s listening for His voice and doing whatever He says.

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