Regardless, it is where you are, so you need to make the best of it. Many decisions can be made on the fly. But there are some into which you have to put a lot of thought. But I hope you aren’t making the most important decisions solely based on a great amount of thought. Hopefully you are seeking input from wise people. I think it would be foolish to make the biggest decisions in my life based only on my own thoughts. I have several people in my life who I know I can call on off of whom I can bounce ideas or scenarios and get their thoughts. While I may or may not go with their counsel, I know I can get it, and I know I need it. I hope you have and use the same avenue.
But beyond the wisdom of trusted friends, there is the wisdom of God. If we do not seek His guidance, we are extremely foolish. And I don’t mean asking God to help you in a passing wish of a prayer. The book of Proverbs is full of wise sayings, and reading them is a great way to start each day. One section of the book of wise sayings tells us,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding;
think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths.
Don’t consider yourself to be wise; fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
This will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones.” (Proverbs 3:5-7)
God designed us to think and have understanding. This passage is not an encouragement to abandon deep thought or bypass the decision making mechanism within us. But we should always realize that we are finite in regard to wisdom, as we are in other areas. While God designed us with a great capacity for understanding, He didn’t create us to think independent of Him. We should understand our limitations and seek Him when it comes time to make life decisions.
As the passage says, there should not be any area of our life that does not trust God. The story goes that a tight-rope walker was giving an exhibition and people cheered on both sides of the water fall as he mystified them with his ability. At one point he asked the crowd if they believed he could walk across the rope while pushing a wheelbarrow. They went crazy with applause. So he did… even performing a little dance at the halfway point. Upon arriving safely on the other side, the spectators roared with excitement. He then hushed the mass of people and asked them if they thought He could push the wheelbarrow across with a person in it. This received the loudest cheers of the day. As they finally quieted down he asked, “Who wants to get in the wheelbarrow?” The silence was deafening. People believed in the abilities of the daredevil until it came to their own life. Their trust had limits.
Are you that way with God? Do you trust God... but only to a point? It is really foolish to not trust God with every part of our life. He has entrusted us, who regularly prove less than trustworthy, with so much. We really have no reason to think so highly of ourselves and so lowly of Him. We shouldn’t lean or rely on our own understanding, as it is partial understanding. God’s wisdom takes literally everything into account.
Every part of our life into which we invite the wisdom of God, will experience the guidance of God. If you ask God for help in your finances, God will give you financial guidance. If you ask Him to give you wisdom in relationships, He will guide you there. That’s how easy it is… seriously. God is not only bigger than your problems. He is smarter than you are about your problems. Respect His perspective over your life. He wants you to succeed more than you do.
Trusting God and seeking His guidance will have a great effect in your life… including your physical well being. You know how uptight you get when you try to figure it all out and then worry about how it is going to work out? That anxiety does not exist when we truly trust God’s direction and work in our decisions. Instead of the physical problems that come with worry and trying to figure things out (headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure, anger, etc.), you will be refreshed and more ready to take on the next problem.
Today, seek God. Ask God for help. Trust God before you see the results, and watch Him work in you. Get in the wheelbarrow and have the ride of your life.
[Bible quotes are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, unless otherwise noted.]
Find more of David’s work at Heart Of Ministry.