Can I Trust God to Lead Me?
“… in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:6 NKJV)
Some decisions in life are not about moral issues per se, but they simply need sanctified reasoning.
For example, the Bible doesn’t explicitly say that you should show up for work on time every day. But if you understand God’s principles of sowing and reaping, you will be punctual. Also, you are to do your work as if serving the Lord himself.
The Bible doesn’t tell you how to respond to your spouse in every situation. But if your husband or wife is upset and discouraged, it’s wise for you to be comforting and supportive.
Now, with this foundation, what about the third kind of decision making—those important situations in which we don’t have a right-or-wrong element and no Bible passage directly applies? There are many forks in the road where we have to make a choice. What are we to do if we want God’s will in everything?
Many people today are making these kinds of decisions without a passing thought of seeking God. They think that as long as they don’t lie, kill, steal, or commit adultery, they are in the will of God. They proceed to make other important life decisions based on common sense—or sometimes even less than that. Just “I felt like it!” “My friends are doing it.” “My world calls this ‘success.’”
When we leave God out of these decisions, we are not really walking in faith. Instead of tapping into God’s great resources of wisdom, we rely on mere human ideas.
Isn’t it silly to think that the God who gave his own Son for us doesn’t also care about the details of our lives?
A faith-filled believer will pray earnestly until he finds God’s will for things such as
- Changing jobs
- Dealing with a difficult child
- Choosing a school for your children
- Which believer to marry (Hint: You’re probably not going to find his or her name in the Bible!)
- Buying a home…
- Joining a ministry in the church…
The all-knowing Creator of the universe wants to show us the way in these matters. He has a plan for where we belong and where we don’t belong. Therefore we need to seek his direction.
-Pastor Cymbala (excerpted from Fresh Faith)
Read Proverbs 3:1-8.