I recently received this email:
Here’s my dilemma: I’m trying to figure out how to determine whether the decisions I’m making are based on my own “inner voice” or whether God is directing things. Some of these decisions haven’t worked out very well, and I find myself saying, “Okay, that was me deciding and not God”, or, sometimes, “Okay, God wanted me to do this, and now He wants me to do that“. See the problem? Sometimes I think I’m doing what God wants (because of the way things seem to have fallen into place) but then I just don’t know. Any advice for the lost and confused? I sure would appreciate it.)
I’ve tried to live out Proverbs 3:5-6:
- Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
However, I’m not always sure I’m on the “right” path. So, here are a couple thoughts:
First, “God’s will” is all about loving Him and others. It certainly sounds like you’ve done that by your email. I think we get too concerned if we’re on the right “path” when God simply wants us to love Him and others. Everything else is secondary.
Second, I’ve tried to follow this PAT answer:
- What are my passions?
What are my affirmations?
What are my talents?
When my passions, affirmations, and talents all align, that’s probably where I’m living out the purpose for which I was created.
So, many times, there’s no one path. Notice Proverbs 3:6 says “He will guide your paths.” Plural!
As long as you’re loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and spirit, and your neighbor as yourself, you’re right where God wants you to be. So, God would be pleased with either choice you’re facing.
© Copyright 2011 James N. Watkins
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