Today, we celebrate our Nation's Birthday, July 4th. Fireworks and BBQs will abound today, so of course, I’m going to write on what to do when you don’t know what to do. I wrote something similar on this subject a year ago. Taking a leap of faith, however, was more on making a scary decision - a decision that you know you should make but don’t want to. That is all well and good, but what do you do when you have 2 or 3 great options but don’t know what the perfect option is?
If you are anything like me, you are a person who will take a decision, turn it over in your head a thousand different ways, and come up with a thousand different answers. You have read Scripture, meditated, and sought Godly counsel, but you’re still stuck on what is the right decision. We can get mired in trying to discern God's perfect will but end up stagnate, afraid of making the wrong decision. So, what are we to do? You could always do a twitter poll, but you can never get conclusive answers out of it (at least in my experience). You could flip a coin, but if you are facing more than 2 options, a coin is quickly eliminated. Of course, these are all ways that WE control the decision process and eliminate God from the decision-making process entirely. We must let God in and trust in Him. However, this is where we start to get stuck in US trying to discern HIS will. So how do we do it?
There is a book circling around my friend group written by Kevin DeYoung entitled “Just Do Something,” which covers the topic of this exact blog post. It makes impactful points that have meant a lot to my spiritual walk and discerning the next steps I should make. One of the most impactful points it makes is that God's Will will be accomplished, regardless.
“I am God and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose'” - Isaiah 46:9–10.
I take this verse and digest it as such; if we think that by making a wrong decision, we are going to impede God’s will from accomplishing what He has planned, we are setting ourselves up to be greater than God. This is the most sinful and arrogant way to think of ourselves, and it limits God’s power. We must take comfort in knowing that God is the God of all, and His Will will be fulfilled no matter our decisions. God’s glory will shine through no matter what we decide or what path we choose.
Take heart because God has instilled His wisdom in us.
We should take comfort in knowing that if God is with us and we are trusting in Him, we will make the right decision because He is guiding us.
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? . . . But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" - Matthew 6:25–26, 33.
God has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us; we only need to seek Him and His Kingdom. If we are truly seeking God, no decision will be the wrong one. Now this doesn’t mean that every decision will turn out to be sunshine and rainbows. It does mean that whatever happens, God will be glorified through it, and we will learn what He wants us to learn through it. Thus, it will be God’s Will.
So make a decision, push forward, and know that God is guiding you. His Will will be done.