He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.
(Psalms 25:9, NIV)
God had a plan, but Abraham had a good idea; as a result, Ishmael was born. Abraham and Sarah couldn’t understand why God was taking so long, so they took the matter into their own hands. Sound familiar? Note that God blessed Ishmael and made him a great nation, and, in His mercy today, God is blessing a lot of things that we’ve given birth to “in the flesh.” But, even though He blesses our Ishmaels, He won’t inhabit them, and He can’t fulfill His ultimate purposes through them. The only thing God will use in these last days is that which is born of His will, in His timing, and by His Spirit. God may bless your Ishmael, but you’ll have to feed him, and, before you’re through, you’ll wish you’d done it God’s way.
Some of you reading these words right now know from painful experience what I’m speaking about. But that’s a price you don’t have to pay if you’ll just listen to God and follow His direction. David said, “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way.” (Psalms 25:9, NIV) God will show you what’s right for you, if you’ll seek Him. There are only two ways—His way and yours! If you’re tired of trying things your way, get down on your knees today and humbly ask Him to show you His way.
Why would you even consider anything else?
 Gass, B. (1998). A Fresh Word For Today : 365 Insights For Daily Living (p. 177). Alachua, FL: Bridge-Logos Publishers.