Sunday, September 7, 2014

Decisions, Decisions

What do you do when you don't know what to do? Lately, I find myself wondering what to do about many things. My own intelligence has failed me at times, as has the counsel of others. When a decision that seemed right at the time turns out to have been terribly unwise, it does not mean that the choice was not the Lord's will. God ordains everything that comes into our lives for our good and His glory. This includes decisions that seem bad in retrospect.

I do think, though, that sometimes our decisions are too quick, and this can lead to trouble. When we fail to wait on the Lord in these times, He allows us to make decisions that may lead to trials. While He will use these trials for good, I believe there are times when, had we waited on Him, our decision would have brought Him even more glory. Of course, this is not always the case, but as I meditated on the Psalms today, a few of them seemed to really light up this truth. So today, I just want to share a few passages with you, and encourage you to dwell on them for a time. Perhaps, if you have a decision to make, this will be a simple reminder to you to be patient, waiting on the Lord, believing in His faithfulness.

Psalm 37:3-5; 8
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

 Lamentations 3:26
It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord.

Psalm 27:14
Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!

These are just a few of my favorites. I hope they will encourage you, and I hope they will whet your appetite for more of God's Word as you wait for His leading. Our God is not typically a God of signs in the sky or voices from heaven, telling us what to do. We must trust in the wisdom He gives us, and we must be patient, waiting on His timing for all things. He is faithful.