June 14, 2021
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
This week we’re talking about decision-making, and I like how today’s passage speaks to this topic. Whatever direction you are going in life, whatever choices you are making, Paul encourages us to commit those things to God and His glory as best we can, and get on with life. But sometimes we get stuck.
For some of us, making choices is easy. “I like this, I prefer that, I’ll choose such and such. No problem!” But for others, making decisions can be stressful for any number of reasons: perfectionism, ambitions, the impact of the choice on family or friend relationships, just to name a few.
And then, of course, there’s God. (Oh, yeah… God.) What does He want me to do? Growing up as a driven perfectionist, I found decision-making challenging, and becoming a Christian just ratcheted up the pressure. What does God want me to choose in this situation? What’s the right direction? What’s the wrong one? I can’t mess this up!
A job opportunity once came to me – a position with a good possibility of significant income and responsibility increase. I was very unsure – was this from God? It seemed like something God might want me to do, and it could change our financial situation big time, but I also loved my current job. The lessons I was learning there and the people I worked with were wonderful. So was this an opportunity or a temptation? Was this God’s next step in my career or the abandonment of a blessing? I had to hear clearly this time!
So I fasted. And prayed. And sought God. And listened. And read the Bible. And sweated and worried and sought others for wisdom. After days and days and days of trying my hardest to seek God, in the end I heard… absolutely nothing.
Gah! What does it take, God?!
Eventually I was rescued by a friend who gently reminded me that God didn’t create me to be an obedient robot. He made me a person, His dear child who has his own preferences and desires, and who can make his own choices. “Don’t lose sight of the Christian freedom that God intends us to live in. Sometimes God might be leading us down very specific paths, but often He allows us to choose for ourselves. And if you don’t sense His leading after all you’ve done, then perhaps He’s simply waiting for you to choose.”
So I did. I took a deep breath, asked myself what I really wanted to do, and it was clear: I didn’t want to change. I stayed at my job, and I was very much at peace with that.
How about you? Do you struggle with decisions? And are you wrestling with any choices before you today? Perhaps now is the time to simply make a decision and move forward. Either way, let’s definitely cast all the stress and worry about our decisions into His loving hands, to His glory!