As I turned on the computer today I was reminded of something that I learned many years ago: don't make decisions harder than they need to be.
In an email I received from Proverbs 31 Ministries, Marybeth Whalen wrote of "Trusting in Princes", which comes from the verse in the bible "It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." Psalm 118:9
In the article, the author is being reminded by a good friend (we all need one of those), to trust in God when making decisions, and not so much on people or circumstances.
Have you ever done that? Been so caught up in making a decision, even in wanting so badly to be in God's will, that you lose sight of trusting in God, and start placing all the weight on the circumstance?
I was reminded of a time in our lives when David was continually struggling with jobs. He had been laid off one year and it turned our lives and our faith upside down. We struggled with the question of God's will - where should he apply, where should he work? We made ourselves sick with worrying about making the proper choice and not wanting to be out of the will of God. Finally, a dear older man, whom we both trusted and loved, said very casually "God is not so worried about where you work as he is in the fact that you have a job." That was such a simple statement, but it changed the way I was looking at things and I've never forgotten it.
That is what this article reminded me of today - God can take our wrong decisions and choices and he can work them for our good. We cannot expect to make perfect decisions all the time. It's unrealistic. What we can do is trust in God to right our wrongs. That doesn't mean that we shouldn't pray about things or live carelessly. What it means is that we can relax and trust that if we are living for the Lord, then his spirit is working in us, willing us to make good decisions.
Do you have decisions pending right now? How about trusting God as you do what you feel in your heart is the right thing? Trust in Him - not the circumstance. Sometimes we need to step out in faith and let God do the rest.
Have a blessed day my friends!