Read His Words Before Ours!
I feel the ground shifting beneath me.
Not in experiencing an earthquake sense, but the reality upon which the past season has rested is moving with the times. I am not the same person I was a year ago.
The people and the circumstances around me have transformed as well. Tiny, almost imperceptible changes over time have led to this point of awareness.
What does tomorrow hold?
What decisions am I to make today?
How do I navigate the unknown and walk out the plans You have for me, Lord?
I wrap my hands around my mug and let the warmth seep into my hands.
Abba, today I pray Your word back to You and rest on its promise. Isaiah 26:3 says You will guard me and keep me in perfect and constant peace when my mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because I’ve committed myself to You, lean on You, and hope confidently in You. (AMP, adapted). Help me do just that, Lord. Help me surrender the future to You and listen for Your leading. Show me Your heart in order to help me find Your hand. For Your glory, Lord. For Your glory.
Tears now drip into my mug. I’ve lovingly been referred to as the Queen of Tears due to my ability to cry, and I bear the title with honor (and hopefully grace!). Today the tears mark my surrender that ushers in freedom. I know Who holds my future and that He has the details covered. While all those details may not be revealed too terribly far in advance, I know He will faithfully guide me along the way.
How do I know this? Because His proven track record in my life cannot be ignored. Over the years, He has walked me through many similar seasons in which His wisdom has paved the way for growth and increased discernment.
Does this mean that every time I approach a new decision, especially ones that feel significantly impactful, that I have no doubts or trouble in making the decision?
No, but I have learned a few key elements that help in the process as I seek the wisdom of the Lord.
Rehearse past decisions and outcomes.
More than likely, I’ve faced a similar decision in the past. It may not be the exact circumstances or feel like a similar scenario, but wisdom grows when we learn from our history. In looking back, I can see how the Lord has guided me. Other times, I have seen how He carried me through choices that may not have been the original plan. I can see how to make a different decision this time, while also holding onto the truth that He will never leave me or forsake me.
Process through the decision with the Lord. What are all the elements involved? What are possible outcomes? Share with the Lord the emotions, the challenges, the hopes, etc. I like to pour out my heart to Him. (Psalm 62:8) If you’re anything like me, be sure to keep tissues nearby for this portion of the process.
Read the Word.
What does the Bible say? Are there any possible options the truth of the Word could eliminate? If the choice being made contradicts the Bible, the outcome will be less than desired.
Talk with trusted mentors, family, and friends.
I’m all about learning from others and have found this to be key in growing in wisdom. Countless times a decision has made sense in my mind, but then verbalizing it to someone else with wisdom has opened my eyes to see new perspectives. Others can ask questions to prompt new understanding or share their personal experiences to help me glean from their wisdom.
Listen for His peace.
For me, this is one of the final pieces in seeking and implementing the Lord’s wisdom. As I make a decision, does peace accompany it? This doesn’t mean all nerves go away. Any adventure, even the most positive and hoped-for ones, contain an emotional array of responses. I’m talking about peace at the heart and mind level. Is the Holy Spirit, who dwell within me, pouring out peace to lead me?
Seeking and implementing wisdom is worth the time and energy it takes to find it. I cannot even begin to process all the ways my life has been blessed, and heartache has been saved, due to walking wisely. No, life hasn’t been easy. In fact, making wise choices often result in countercultural decisions that have been difficult. However, time has proven the rich reward of obedience.
Today, my drink has cooled and my nose is now red, but my heart is settled once again in the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord. I did not suddenly get the answers I so desperately wanted, but I found something much more powerful.
I experienced the awareness of His Presence
and the reminder of the promise that He holds tomorrow in His hands.
I’ll keep asking and seeking His wisdom, trusting that once again He will lead me on.
The ground may be shifting, but my hand is solidly in His.
Let’s walk this adventure, Lord. For Your glory.
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