Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
Do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek His will in all you do,
And he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5, 6
We are presented every day with choices. Some are a blessing and some are a distraction. At that moment, when someone presents you with an opportunity where do you seek guidance? How do you know which course of action is the best? Do you feel overwhelmed, fearful, anxious, or out of sorts and confused? Some of us grab the nearest coping tool which could be a drink, a pill, or food that’s secretly tucked away in a dark corner of the cabinet. Do you run from the decision-making process by jumping in your car and quickly heading to the closest distraction which may be a drive-through, a shopping mall, or to a friend that you know does not have all the right answers, but you want to unload and hear their opinion anyway? Is denial your escape? Do you do your best to pretend that nothing is out of the ordinary, conduct yourself falsely and believe that the decision will eventually sort itself out?
I’ve certainly done most of these in order to find my answers. Instant gratification works at the moment but eventually, it wears off, leaving me in the same state where I started!
On the 30th of August, I was presented with an opportunity and my normal response would have been, “I’m in!” Thankfully, through the Lord’s guidance and wisdom, I yielded to the Holy Spirit and responded, “Let me pray about this before giving you an answer.”
I went home with high expectations of securing this opportunity as my own. I felt confident that I was capable and equipped. I was ready to dive into this life-altering decision, head first!
The following morning, I set out to pray and meditate and hear from God. I opened in prayer and put my requests before Him, trusting that He would lead me along the right path. His Word says that we must seek His will in everything that we do.
It is difficult but turning every area of our life over to Him is critical because He knows more than we do. When we restrict certain areas of our life and ignore His requests–grief, confusion, uncertainty, and disconnection is our end result. Wavering between His desires and our own desires. We need to make Him a vital part of all that we do because when we do this, He will provide guidance because you will be working to accomplish His purposes. Even in the difficult times, when we have no idea where to turn, what the cause or even the reason, we must wait patiently for Him. We respond in this time of stillness with sincerity and confidence–trusting and having faith that He will give us His clear direction when He’s ready and when He knows that we are ready to receive. We have to be intentional with our quiet times with Him. Even if we don’t feel like it or our time is running short. He will use each valuable second that you devote to Him for His good.
Proverbs 3:21-26 is helpful when faced with choices:
My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.
Hang on to them,
for they will refresh your soul.
They are like jewels on a necklace.
They keep you safe on your way,
and your feet will not stumble.
You can go to bed without fear;
you will lie down and sleep soundly.
You need not be afraid of sudden disaster
or the destruction that comes upon the wicked,
for the Lord is your security.
He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.
Proverbs 4:5 goes on to say this:
Get wisdom; develop good judgment.
Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.
Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you.
If you want wisdom and discernment, you have to make the decision to go after it. This is not easy. I can certainly attest to this! It takes determination, and you cannot abandon it once you begin the search, no matter how difficult it becomes. It is a daily process when deciding which path to take.
Your efforts in seeking God are not fruitless. Even when you are in a waiting period, He will still reach out and give you just what you need while you are silent and still. There is wisdom to be had every single time we sit with God. He is not wasteful.
We are to guard our hearts above all else. We need to concentrate on desires that are good. Immediately throw out the ones that are bad. The sooner you get rid of them, the better. They only escalate! Instill boundaries and goals when faced with decisions. Seek Him first, set your sights on righteousness and the Will of God, look straight ahead and don’t get sidetracked.
The opportunity that was given to me on the 30th of August was from a trusted friend with good intentions. I wanted to take it, God did not agree!
I declined with a lengthy text to my fellow Christian brother explaining what God had shown me in my time alone with Him. I want to share some of it with you:
Thank you for your kindness and your willingness to help connect me to the right people in regards to this new opportunity. It would be joyful to work alongside you. Unfortunately, I don’t feel that it’s the Lord’s Will for me at this time. I would have to give up volunteering in the Elderly Outreach, and I would not be able to attend your Bible Study. I’m most certain that these areas are where He’s called me to be. There is much to learn, and I greatly desire spiritual growth! I need to take full advantage of these special opportunities that God has blessed me with. I love all who are involved in this ministry! I’m grateful to serve in this capacity. The Lord has been speaking to me about starting my own Bible Reading and Prayer Group at my place of employment. I love to read His word, and it would be awesome if I could get together with the residents and hear them read and learn from their insights and experiences with the Lord. Would you please pray about this? My fear of leading and speaking is holding me back. The Lord is diligently working in my life, and this new opportunity would hinder the process. I would be distracted! I need to remain alert and strong. I share all of this with you because I instantly connected with your kind, compassionate and godly heart. This decision makes perfect sense and I feel peace. Praise God.
Again, thank you! I pray your day is blessed, and I look forward to seeing you soon.