"This is what the LORD says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains; their name would never be cut off nor destroyed from before me,” (Isaiah 48:17-19).
You might find yourself in trouble today, or in a difficult situation.
It just might be a trial to test your faith and reveal what you are made of.
Or, it might be spiritual warfare--a battle God wants you to fight.
If only we had paid attention to the Lord's commands and plan, we would find ourselves in a different place.
We have a hard time listening to the Lord because we have our own plans and our own agenda. Sometimes we hear from the Lord and know God's plan for our lives but we run ahead of God's, wanting to do His will in our timing rather than His plan in His time.
If you broken God's commands, then repent and make restitution.
When we veer off God's plan, we sometimes like to look back at the path we should have been on and figure out where we would be now. Then we plan a short-cut to catch up and be back where we should be on the Lord's path. In God's Kingdom, there are no short-cuts. Repent, turn around and go back to where you were when you were on the road. Then start from there.
Make up your mind that you will not try the short-cuts. Short-cuts will just waste your time.
Stay in God's will. Don't find yourself saying in the future, "If only...."
(Meredith Ludwig Curtis)