Sometimes making a decision is really hard. Especially when you add other people to the mix, indecisiveness becomes a stronger power. In college, whenever it was time for dinner and we were really hungry, my roommates and I would all get in the car and drive around until finally the driver made a decision to take a certain exit or make a certain turn. We would never get in the car knowing where we were going to get food from. We all got in the car with only one thing on our mind – food. We would sit in the car, while driving, and list every single restaurant and slowly start narrowing it down. We would always say to each other, “It’s your turn to pick, I picked last time!” Making the decision of where we would eat dinner was, for some reason, so hard and no one ever wanted to do it. If only life’s hardest decision to make is picking where to eat…
Decisions. They’re tough. My favorite phrase lately has been, “He knows, I don’t.” Simple and true. Making decisions is important. Choosing to do the right thing is even more important. What we say yes or no to can greatly impact our lives and influence others. We all know that. Why don’t we think twice before making a decision then? We all seem to have it together. We all seem to know exactly what our next step should be.
Okay, I’m done with high school; now it’s time for college! I’m done with undergrad; now it’s time for a job or a higher degree. I’m done with all the schooling I can take; now let’s get married, y’all! Finally married, bring on the babies. That’s how life should go, right? Wrong. Maybe that is how it worked out for you or will work out for you. But, He knows, I don’t.
We often take time to make the right decision when it comes to the big things like a job, marriage, house, car, or whatever else is important to us, but in reality we’ve already figured it all out. We aren’t taking time to make the decision. I’m sure many of us haven’t ever said, “Sure a job would be cool right now since I’m done with school, but He knows, I don’t.” No it’s more like, “I’m done with school. I have to get a job. I have no clue how I’m going to get a job. But I have to get a job.” That’s right. You have no clue. There are no clues as to what comes next when you’re not admitting that He knows and you don’t. When you believe the sovereignty of God, clues start coming. When you accept that He has the best planned for you and that your plan is really such a bad plan, more clues will come. And when you finally give it all up, there will be so many clues as to what your next step should be, making the next big decision will be clear. When you do all of these things: believe He is sovereign, accept He has the best planned for you and let it all go, then even the little decisions will all point to making the right big decision.
I had to start applying for jobs quite some time ago. But that wasn’t my big decision. A job is a job. A job is a blessing. A job is a detail. A job is provided by the Lord and can also be taken away by the Lord. The Lord is my Jehovah Jireh. The big decision that I had to make was – to move back to the greatest state (Texas, for those of you who don’t know) or to stay in the magical and amazing New York City. At the time, as I talked to a few people, many would advise me to go where I get the best job. If I’ve learned one thing about being a follower of Christ, it’s to actually follow Him and no one else. So instead of hearing so many voices I chose to listen for one. I chose to let the Lord make this decision for me and prayed that He would make me ready to accept whatever He was planning with a joyful and willing heart. Texas or New York. I had no sway to either. I was just waiting, staying quiet, not thinking too much, still studying, applying to jobs in both cities, and just waiting. It was months before I had any clue as to where I should be. It was overwhelming when the clues started pouring in. It was sort of like a puzzle. The Lord was helping me put all the pieces together so that I would be able to make the decision to follow His call. He already had it all planned, He just gave me clues to see that His decision was the right one. When I started understanding the clues it was so super cool, but tough. It was awesome to know that the Lord was hearing me and that He was working for me as I was waiting. He was orchestrating everything so that I would be able to easily say yes. But even still, it was tough. It was tough because I knew that He was calling me to something specific and I wasn’t sure if I was ready. I said yes because that’s my responsibility. And now He’s preparing me for a big move. After all the decision-making, He’s provided. He’s made it simple. It’s not easy, but it’s simple. To be honest (really being honest), my plan was completely different from His. My plan for this next season of life was probably the opposite of His plan. But all I have to say to that is – He knows, I don’t. And on top of that, thank You, Jesus Christ, for saving my life.
Wherever you are right now and whatever you’re doing, you have to make decisions. There’s no way around making decisions. Whether they’re little or big, know that for certain we know who holds the future. He is holding you in the palm of His hand and is ready to give you all the clues as to what will come next. But don’t be in a hurry, His timing is perfect. Things may make no sense at all, but just think, “He knows, I don’t.” Follow Him and it’ll be simple. Even when it’s hard, it will be simple. Make the decision today to let Him make all the decisions for you. There’s no need for us to figure it all out, He’s already done it all for us.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.