By Pastor Fred Gillett
“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him.”
I face making decisions all the time – for my family, for my clients, for others who come to me seeking answers. In making these decisions or statements, I have occasionally asked myself, “Where is God’s will?” Other times I have asked, “Self, when and where did I lose God’s will? Is it hidden from me? I have to go find it.”
I have talked with others on how they seek God‘s will. Some people use the RAF (Random Access Finger) method – closing their eyes, opening the Bible, putting their finger down, and then opening their eyes to see what God has to tell them.
Then there is the WFBL (Wait For Bright Light) method, as from a burning bush or like the Saul experience. I could use Gideon‘s TF (Turn the Fleece) method, but that requires testing God. Or, the WM (Whisper Method), waiting for God to say, “You are getting warm.” Then, we have the OCD (Open/Closed Door) method, where if open, go for it, and if not, it’s obviously not God’s will. I found these methods, though used by many with sincerity and open minds, not really seeking God’s answer, only confirmation of their own.
If I have a real relationship with Jesus, he has promised me the Holy Spirit to help me with those decisions. I also have the promise that “all things work together for good.” So, it’s a quick prayer of understanding, asking for the wisdom to make the decision, and then going wherever my Spirit-directed heart leads.
God guides us according to his will. We don’t need a road map, just a relationship with him. He lives in us to accomplish His will.
Prayer: Father, thank you that you trust in me to make the right decisions, and even if I screw up by using my will and not yours, I know you will make it right. Lead me by your Spirit in making the choices that honor you. Amen.
Reflection: When seeking God’s will, how do you decide which way to go?