Have you ever been at a crossroads in life when you had to make a decision but weren’t sure which way to go? If you’ve been on planet earth for any length of time, the answer is yes! It seems that decisions are a daily way of life. So – what do we do? What should we do? Good question.
Then there are the times when we made a decision, a choice and it turned out to be the wrong one! This is very unsettling because it can make us hesitant about ever making another decision. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV) 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP) 5 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
As you can see from the above scriptures, God already has a plain path for you to walk in but you have your part to do. His plans don’t just fall on you like ripe cherries off a tree.
John 16:13 (KJV) 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Our part is to trust the Lord to do what He said He will do – lead us and guide us by His Holy Spirit. Of course, most Christians will say that they trust the Lord but in actuality, when push comes to shove, they don’t. They rely on themselves, their doctor, their counselor, their friends, etc.
How do I know this? Just stand back and observe. When someone you know has a tough decision to make, to whom do they go? When you have decisions to make, to whom do you go? Whom do you seek for the answer? Who is the source you choose to help you make that decision?
You see, God is the only One Who can show you the perfect way to go. He has to be the Source you turn to. He has to be the first One you turn to, not an afterthought! It’s okay to get godly input but God has to be your ultimate and final Source.
I know about making wrong decisions and don’t want to ever make the wrong ones again. I used to consider the “pros and cons” of what I was deciding to do because that was what I was taught. Then I just did what I thought would be best. That’s how I made my decision. But when I finally got “enlightened” to the fact that I could actually hear from God for myself and He would show me what to do, life became a whole lot better.
John 10:14 (KJV) 14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
John 10:4-5 (KJV) 4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
You see, Jesus is the Good Shepherd and we are His sheep. And – He said we know his voice! How ‘bout that? If Jesus said we know His voice, then it’s true that we know His voice. But it takes practice. We have to learn how to recognize His voice because it sounds so much like us.
[Note: There are lots of teachings on how to hear the voice of the Lord and it would behoove you to study this because it’s one of the most important things you’ll ever learn.]
But in the meantime, start putting your trust in God as your Source for everything and acknowledge His wisdom and His Word in all you do. Your life will never be the same!