I had a conversation with a friend the other day about needing prayer for a big career decision they had to make and were feeling anxious about making a wrong decision. They said they had been praying but didn’t feel like God was showing them what to do. I told them I would be praying but to also realize that if they are praying and asking God for a direction to go in and didn’t feel an answer either way, that it could also be God just trusting that they are going to make the right decision.
I remember when my wife and I decided to come out to Colorado and were on staff at a church in Florida. We had just accepted a new position to be the youth pastors but also had an opportunity to come out to Colorado and try out for a church as the High School pastors. We were praying and absolutely didn’t feel a direction/confirmation either way to stay in Florida or go to Colorado. It was the first time in our lives as followers of Christ that we felt like God was not going to tell us to stay or go. It was very confusing to feel like we were doing all the right things in prayer and still had no answer. Did God not care about what we were doing and us? As I discussed it with my wife we came to the realization that God was going to bless us if we stayed in Florida or if we came to Colorado. It was the first time in my life that I really felt like God trusted that I would make the right decision without having a full confirmation in my heart to do one thing and leave the other.
Let me highlight a few things so you understand the context of what I am illustrating. I am not saying that if you are a follower of Christ you don’t need to pray and ask God for His will in direction for things in your life or that it is purely up to you to make a decision and then expect that God will bless it because it’s your “free will”. I am only saying that many times we rely on our feelings more than we trust in God and his love and trust in us. Both of the examples above involved prayer and the process of asking God for His will in situations. The other consideration is that we can ignore what God is obviously telling or showing us and not in a place of making a good decision because of personal feelings. This is where it is ALWAYS a good thing to seek Godly counsel from someone you trust and who can speak into your life. God gave us each other to not only love one another but to also help us when we may not be seeing an answer right in front of us and asking in another direction.
I believe that Christians have been trained to ask God formally what they are to do, then they expect that God will give them some kind of answer yes or no but if they don’t feel like there was an answer either way that they are out of the will of God. The absolute key with a relationship with God is to be obedient and bring our requests to God as it says in Philippians 4:6.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
I truly believe we do not have a full revelation of how much God trusts us. He trusted his creation with the message of the gospel that has the power to bring someone who is dead back to life and take them from a life of self indulgent fantasy to actual life-changing purpose. When we realize that God is like a dad cheering us on instead of “billy club Jesus” waiting to discipline us when we do something wrong, we will begin to understand the trust and love He has for us, his creation.
Today is the day to be obedient and bring your requests to God and expect that either you will have a peace in decisions you need to make but also that if you think God is being silent and doesn’t care that the exact opposite is happening and he trusts you to make the right decision. Also, please seek Godly counsel from someone you trust to not only agree with you in prayer, but to also be honest with you if they see something off with a potential harmful decision you are making.
Have a great day and praying for you!
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