“Have you been asking God what He is going to do? He will never tell you. God does not tell you what He is going to do; He reveals to you Who He is. Do you believe in a miracle-working God, and will you go out in surrender to Him until you are not surprised an atom at anything He does?” – Oswald Chambers
How do you make a decision when it feels like all options are positives?
Some decisions are easy. I will always choose Chick-Fil-A over almost any other fast food establishment. I will generally choose to go to bed before midnight. I will always choose to eat lunch. I’ve never been one of those people who just “forgot to eat.”
I’ve been reading in Genesis again. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob each teach me something new every time I study their stories. My most recent read thru took me straight to Jacob’s ladder in Genesis 28:15 where God says to Jacob, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” I recognize that Jacob had an incredible direct encounter with God and that the promise given to the Patriarchs was very specific.
Sometimes (most of the time) I wish that I could have an audible reassurance from God that I’m making the right choice. There have been times where I really worried that my decisions might change the plans that God had for me. What if I missed step three of the ten step process to get me to the next big thing?
I am comforted by the knowledge that nothing surprises our Father and (like we talked about yesterday) that His plans will always succeed. “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9, NIV
I am slowly learning to see every choice ahead as an opportunity to trust, rather than a chance to worry.
“God had made Abraham a father of many nations (Genesis 17:5) before Abraham had glimpsed a single descendant. Beloved, I wonder what God has already made you. Things that perhaps you’ve not even glimpsed, Believe God! Give him your entire being and walk one step at a time before His knowing gaze and with His sufficient strength.” (Beth Moore)
One step at a time. Sounds like a good plan to me. I’m so encouraged to know that the Lord will continue to provide opportunities to grow and learn as long as I have days to live. So no matter what I’m doing or where I am, I know that He will not leave me! He will continue to finish His good work in me. “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6, NLT