A friend is facing possibly the scariest and hardest day of his life today. What do you do when a decision has to be made, your stomach is in a knot and you don’t know what to do? How does one handle this kind of pressure, stress, and emotional turmoil?
He is in midlife and everything he has ever worked for seems to have culminated into this very day. It seems as if his whole life and the lives of the ones he loves the most are on the line.
He has been wrestling for a month over a major decision that will change everything for not only himself, but his family. How do you sleep? He hasn’t most nights. He can’t possibly know the future. Anything and everything is a guess. The turn of events could go either way.
What do people do in a case like this? What would YOU do? This friend is wise, but most importantly, he knows Jesus. So he has…
- taken as much time as he was allowed to think through all the ramifications of his decision
- weighed the pros and cons of both options
- considered his family’s needs and desires
- prayed earnestly for God’s direction and will for his life
Matthew 6:33 says, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
We must keep God’s perspective when making decisions. God’s kingdom is much more important than our own. When we seek to do God’s will, He will direct us and provide for our needs. But God also wants us to use the good common sense He has given us.
In Luke 14:26-31 Jesus warns that people should count the cost before following Him. He doesn’t want us to have the lackadaisical attitude of, “Well, I’ll give Jesus a try.” He asked, who goes to build something before they make sure they have sufficient funds? What king goes to war before he does all he can to make peace?
When making an important decision, we should always weigh our options and the impact they will have on our life, testimony, and others. Last week, while trying to decide what to do, I wrote out the advantages and disadvantages of both options. It helped to see the facts written down.
Most of the time our decisions do not affect us alone. They affect many others around us. We need to always consider this.
Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor giving preference to one another. (Romans 12:10) In other words, Jesus tells us to put others’ needs before our own.
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus said to have faith in God that He will take good care of us….to not worry, but trust He will provide for us as he does for the flowers and birds. Although God cares about His creation, He cares much more for us.
Through God we shall do valiantly: for He it is that shall tread down our enemies. (Psalm 60 :12)
We need to remember the battle is not ours. It is God’s and He can handle it.
What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. (Psalm 56:3,4)
So, after we’ve done those things my wise friend has done, let us… be STRONG and COURAGEOUS and go in the STRENGTH and confidence of the LORD….not because we can do it, but because He can!
Keep looking up,