Anything we do outside the will of God will surely amount to self-serving, self-glory, energy-sapping, egocentric, egotistical and heaven-unrecognized exercise. Never put your interest above God’s interest. Any signs of troubles, complications, stumbling block, and stress in what you are doing might be a good sign of knowing maybe God does not have a hand in it. It is an act of disobedience, not to ask God for directions before you take steps. Just as many of us will not embark on a journey we have never travelled before without asking someone or travel with a navigator.
1. Martha was stressed because she was not fulfilling Jesus interest. She lacked support and was exhausted.
Luke 10:39-41 (NKJV) And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.
But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
2. Jonah found himself in trouble together with other people with him because he was out of God’s will, of course only he knew the cause.
Jonah 1:7-8 (NKJV) And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this trouble has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah.
Then they said to him, “Please tell us! For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”
3. Balaam was hired by Balak to curse the children of Israel, but had trouble along the way. God used the donkey and the angel as the stumbling blocks. Of course, God had told him repeatedly not to embark on the journey.
Numbers 22:31-32 (NKJV) Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand; and he bowed his head and fell flat on his face.
And the Angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to stand against you, because your way is perverse before Me.
If God is in your plans you can be sure of His support and at the same time connect you with people of like minds ( like connection of Paul, Silas and Timothy) who will be of help to you in achieving your dream . If it happens that you are confused, please go back to God in prayers. And I believe clarity will come from Him.