For 45 years, I have been married to the woman of my dreams. Sue has been the best wife and friend I could have ever prayed for. She has supported me even when I have done some pretty goofy things. As an example, we were going to Niagara Falls for our honeymoon. I decided to take the Canadian route to add to the romance of the trip. Everything was great until a stone broke one of my headlights. Finding a place in the Canadian outback to get it fixed was a challenge, but we were finally on the road again.
Since we had lost a few hours at the repair shop, I took some shortcuts. Then, using my natural intuition for directions, I got lost somewhere on the rural highway near Malahide, Ontario. A kind dairy farmer gave me proper directions, and from that time to this, Sue serves as navigator.
Getting lost is easy to do in life, too. Natural instinct and bootstrap decision-making can often lead really nice people to unintended destinations. Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.” As we begin a new year, let me share with you some ways to know God’s Will for your life,and the life to come.
Ask yourself (at least) these 4 questions:
What is God telling me to do? This is determined through prayer and communion with the Lord. Can you differentiate between the Voice of God and any other voice? Further, to hear from God you have to spend time with Him so He can speak into your life. If you ears are jammed with iTunes, Foobar 2000, MediaMonkey, and SharePod, you may not hear what God is trying to communicate to you
What does God’s Word say? FACT: Mostly, the people God leads, know the Scriptures. The Word of God serves as their guide, guard, and as a filter for the things they consider doing. Before moving forward, does the Bible approve?
What are God’s counselors saying? Surely, you will take the time to share your next move with a person of Faith. This should be someone you know and trust, and has a testimony of faithfulness with God. If married, what does your spouse think about the decision?
What are my current circumstances? Circumstances and timing play a big role in decision-making. This is clear in the Life of Jesus. Certain things had to be accomplished BEFORE He could fulfill God’s Plan for Him. Is this possible that God has called you to something, but the timing has not yet been fulfilled?
In Acts 17:11, the Bereans “received the Word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily.” The Bereans provide us a sound New Testament approach to making decisions.
TRUTH: If the decision is important to you, you should become a Berean, and let your spouse be the navigator!