I’m a terrible decision maker. Terrible. I wept over the pressure of picking my last car. Not even kidding.
We are all going to face real and huge decisions (much bigger than Toyota vs. Hyundai): do we leave our job? Do we pursue that career? Which church do we pick? Which school do we pick? Which spouse do we pick?
Here are three truths that speak to my heart when I face the anxiety of choosing:
1. Figuring out the details of tomorrow is not your burden to bear.
There’s this lie in the Church that if we are doing this Jesus thing right we will hear the audible voice of God outlining His vision for our lives. But if we believe that, then when we sit alone in our room and beg God to tell us what to do with our lives and hear nothing, we will conclude that either God has failed us or we have failed God.
“Yes, God has a specific plan for our lives…But while we are free to ask God for wisdom, He does not burden us with the task of divining His will of direction for our lives ahead of time. God does have a specific plan for our lives, but it is not one that He expects us to figure out before we make a decision.” – Kevin DeYoung, Just Do Something
2. Faith means trusting God when you don’t hear.
Seeking God’s will for your life, for your day, for the next ten minutes is a great plan. But be careful. Because there are two different reasons to seek God’s plan for you:
- you want to trust and glorify Him and seek wisdom for your life, (yay!).
- you want to be in control of your own life. Ultimately, you just want to use God to tell you what’s around the corner so you can prepare, (eek).
There’s a pretty easy way to tell which one describes you: take a look at how you respond when God seems silent. Do you feel peace because you know that God is in control even when you’re not in the loop? Or do you feel filled with panic?
Here’s what is true: God always gets His way; His plans cannot be thwarted. He knows that we are hard of hearing. He knows that our hearts are deceitful. And guess what? He let’s us plan our ways anyway, but offers us the promise that He is the one directing us – even when we don’t know it, (Proverbs 16:9)
Faith means trusting God even when we’re not in the loop – no – especially when we’re not in the loop.
3 . God has told you what to do. We say we want to know what God wants us to do, but sometimes I think that we really just want to hear God tell us how He is going to fulfill our dreams. Sometimes I think we just want to hear a story about us.
If I’m wrong about that – if our motives are truly pure – then we need look no further. God has told us what He wants from us:
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good? (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)
God has made it really clear what He wants you to do today: love Him, pursue Him and dedicate every ounce of your day to His kingdom. Now, that may not be as exciting as hearing who He wants you to marry or what job He wants you to take, but just because He doesn’t give us answer we want doesn’t mean we get to pretend He hasn’t answered.
It’s a sneaky but effective strategy that our enemy has. He distracts us from the things that are clear by getting us to focus on things that are not; he convinces us to spend our energy on all that God has left secret rather than dedicating ourselves to all He has revealed.
Fix your eyes on Jesus. Seek first His kingdom and trust Him to take care of everything else.