When making decisions, we’ll generally try to arrive at answers or solutions that are to our advantage. In the decision making process, we’ll probably have several questions, such as: Is this good for me? How does it help me? Is this a step forward? Is this a step up? Will I make more money? Will this make my life easier? What will others think? Does it make sense?
The issue though, for the believer, is that God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts, (Isaiah 55:8) and so what, in our minds, seems like a good idea or a good decision may not be what God wants.
In Joshua chapter 9, we read that the Gibeonites came to Israel, lied to the leaders and asked for a treaty because they were afraid that Israel would conquer them in battle. It seemed that the Gibeonites were being truthful and so Joshua made a treaty with them. It seemed like the right thing to do. It made sense. But we read in Joshua 9:14 that Israel did not consult God (ask His direction, seek His counsel, inquire of Him) to see if it was the right decision. If they had asked God, He could have told them that the Gibeonites were lying, were being deceptive, but it seemed like a good idea, so God wasn’t asked.
Am I suggesting that what may be a good idea isn’t what God may have in mind? No, not at all, but I am saying that He should be consulted first to find out if it’s a God idea.
Have you ever found yourself on cruise-control and not even known it? Days turn into weeks and week into months and you haven’t really sought God with all of your heart and looked to Him for His will for your life. Perhaps major decisions have been made without consulting God, because they just seemed like something God would want. Maybe but maybe not.
Perhaps a challenge or an opportunity presented itself that would move you way out of your comfort zone. And you fluffed it off as too far out there, or something you could never do, and something that God certainly would never ask of you. Let me just ask, “Did you consult with Him before making your decision?”
If you haven’t already, put to memory in your heart and mind Proverbs 3:5,6, and make it your default mode in all of your ways.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5,6
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