In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct my paths. —Proverbs 3:6
The Christian who has in principle accepted God’s truth as his standard of conduct and has submitted himself to Christ as his Lord, may yet be tempted to lay his own plans and even fight for them when they are challenged by the Word of God or the inner voice of the Spirit.
We humans are a calculating, planning race, and we like to say, “Tomorrow I will….” But our Heavenly Father knows us too well to trust our way to our own planning, so He very often submits His own plans to us and requires that we accept them.
Right there a controversy is sometimes stirred up between the soul and God. But we had better not insist on our own way. It will always be bad for us in the long run. God’s way is best. WTA045
Instead of being supremely attached to God and the good of his kingdom, men are by nature “lovers of their own selves.” Hence there is a controversy between man and his Maker. God requires men to regard His glory as the great object of their affections, and the ultimate end of their conduct. DTC138