Guest Author: Stephanie Lambert
Are you ever overwhelmed by the numerous decisions in life that might alter your future forever? You want to do the right thing. You want to please God. But what does He want??? Does He care about all of this?
What should I wear today? Should I go on this trip? Watch or not watch this movie? Should I date this guy/girl? What school should I attend? Should I take this job or that one? Move or stay here?
The impact of some of these questions has huge implications.
God says in Proverbs 3:6, “… in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” It’s a directive and a promise. The word “acknowledge” in Hebrew means to know, perceive, and consider. God wants us to know Him and perceive Him and consider Him in all our ways. As we drive. Talk. Think. Plan. Work. Play. And He will direct us. He promised.
Am I saying you should fast and pray over what outfit to wear today? Not necessarily. But it is sweet to walk through this life, this series of decisions, by His side. To look up to Him as a child looks to his father who is holding his hand. To talk with Him. To remember a verse from His word that applies perfectly to the moment. To hear His Holy Spirit prompt us, calm us. He wants to be the One on whom we lean for guidance. He went to great lengths to make our relationship with Him possible and to be the One to whom we look for help. He invites us to cast all our cares on Him – because He cares.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. | 1 Peter 5:7-8
But what if I don’t hear Him or what if I misunderstand His leading? I might mess things up! I trust Him but I don’t trust myself to hear Him.
Stop. Consider the Almighty God. The One who created and sustains a universe so vast that our entire, huge, amazing planet is imperceptible from within the known cosmos. At His voice, the earth melts. The whole earth is filled with His glory. As the prophet Daniel testified:
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.” | Daniel 2:20-22
Can you really thwart Him? No. You can’t. Your weakness will not ruin the Mighty God’s plan. If your heart is truly to please Him, He will guide you and the outcome of your decisions will be His best for you whether it is what you expected or not.
I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. | Job 42:2
God promises that He will give wisdom to anyone who asks for it. But He also follows that with a command that we should ask in faith and not doubt. Do you really want to know what God wants? Are you sincerely seeking His direction? Then He will give it. Believe that. Trust Him. Don’t look back.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. | James 1:5-6
Now some of you really aren’t the type to stress over decisions and might even swing in the opposite direction of being lackadaisical about looking to God for direction. That’s not good either. It is important that you seek Him, cast your cares on Him, make your requests known to Him. He commands it. And it is your privilege. If you aren’t listening and are “sowing to the flesh,” you will reap consequences including an unnecessary distance in your relationship with Him.
But on the other hand, being anxious and worried says with our lives that God doesn’t have this under control. That He’s dropped the ball and I have to scramble to pick up the pieces. Jesus commands in Matthew 6:25-30 not to worry even about having your daily needs met because the Father, who feeds even the birds, knows what you need. And how much more will He provide for you than them?
So the next time you are tempted to worry in the face of a major (or minor) decision:
- Consider God (look to His Word) and ask what He wants. (Prov. 3:6)
- Pray for wisdom, thankfully expressing your desires to God. (Phil. 4:6)
- Believe God will give it in the timing that you need it. (James 1:5-6)
- Act, trusting He has directed you. This is worship, your life testifying of Him. (James 4:17)
On those days you just wish God had given you a handbook for life so you could flip from the table of contents to the answer for that day’s quandary, thank Him instead that He promised never to leave or forsake you, that He cares for you and made a way for you to know Him and to experience the fullness of joy in His presence.
“What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear.
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer.
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.”