James 1:5 —– “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”.
“How can I discover God’s will for my life?” “How can I be sure of God’s guidance in my decisions?” “God, what do you want me to do?” All of us have asked questions like these, especially at critical decision points in their lives.
We shape and order our existence by the hundreds of decisions we make each day, and most of these are so trivial that we make them almost automatically. For many of us, the question of God’s will hardly enter into our trivial decisions apart from those unusual times when we realize that a specific choice could affect the rest of our lives. We then break out of our usual habits and begin to pursue and sometimes agonize over God’s mind on the matter.
Our years on this planet are brief, and none of us want to waste them. But unless we regularly acknowledge God and His desires, our lives will count for little.
Making a quality decision includes setting boundaries, guidelines and restrictions to protect and maintain our purposes and objectives. We have to obey boundaries that are declared in God’s Word, for example,“love your enemies”. Whether we feel like it or not, we must make the decision to love them anyway. Then the power of God moves on our behalf and strengthens us to act accordingly
When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane He sweated blood, because of the negative emotions in His mind. He wanted to get away from the cross. Yet Jesus stepped out in faith, followed God’s plan, His emotions fell in line with His decision and this brought about perfect peace within Him which helped Him continue on that journey to the Cross.
God honours our choices and desires our unforced love; He does not overpower or coerce us. “God never burglarizes the human will. He may long to come in and help, but He will never cross the picket line of our unwillingness”.
He speaks to us in a subtle voice, and we may be unable to hear Him when there are too many distractions in our lives. Just as we would have trouble carrying on a telephone conversation in a room full of blaring music and chattering people, in the same way, the clamouring voices of selfish desires, lack of submission, pride, independence, and unforgiveness prevent us from being receptive to the quiet voice of God.
“Does God guide? Yes, He does. Most times, He guides in subtle ways, by feeding ideas into our minds, speaking through a nagging sensation of dissatisfaction, inspiring us to choose better than we otherwise would have done, bringing to the surface hidden dangers of temptation, and perhaps by rearranging certain circumstances. . . . God’s guidance will supply real help in making decisions, all we need to do is listen to His voice.
God has a plan for your life. The enemy has a plan for your life. Be ready for both. Just be wise enough to know which one to battle and which one to embrace.