Day after day we are faced with so many options. On occasion our days are mostly planned out in advance,the usual routine,
but how do we come to a balanced place to make the right decisions at the right time??
Lets explore this together!
So, here is my story: After craving a midday snack at my local joint I trolled through the savoury delights of the glistening Wosits crisps and BBQ flavoured Pringle's. Knowing that I've set a goal for healthy weight loss and after a excruciating 2 days of crazy gym work out
I was left with 2 options. Either go for something tasty and quick OR choose something healthy & nutritious? It suddenly dawned on me that life can be a combination of the two different scenarios. Starting from a heart desire birthed in us we often seek God regarding the strong impulses on our heart and in some cases when a opportunity presents itself some of us rush to take the first opportunity.
Lately I have been heavily engrossed in a new book entitled "The wait" by Authors Meagan good & Devon Franklin the book is mainly centred about their journeys together in the world of Hollywood and fame and how they overcame a lot of the fleshly urges as they waited to hear from God in celibacy towards each other before getting married. Not only does the book touch on the act of celibacy in a relationship it also delves into the process of waiting in every other area in your life.
Throughout this book Devon touches on weight loss and the process of exercising towards a planned goal but also making the right decisions that will lead you closer to that goal, the process of losing weight is not instant results it is delayed results over a period of time and it comes through a concious effort day by day by making the right choices born out of your own free will.
A captivating observation was the line on page 11
practising strategic patience means understanding the difference between the two types of waiting:
1. The type of Waiting that you actively choose
2. Waiting when you have no other choice but to wait (paraphrase)
Now this Blog entry was not meant to be a book review but reading the book stirred this question regarding the decisions making process.
Observing the classic Garden of Eden Adam and Eve scenario where there was no lack in sight what so ever! Beautiful garden,
trees & fruit you name it but God gave Adam & Eve a clear instruction, he told them not to eat of THIS particular tree or you will
How often does God trust us to make the right decision based on his will for our lives when we are not left by default to select the obvious choice? Adam & Eve had options! the tree was not heavily guarded by angels with swords it was open access.
They made a choice out of their own free will and unfortunately for us this was not part of Gods plan for humanity.
What I realised is that God wants to be in a position in your heart that you desire his will above all else because ultimately whatever decisions you need to make today will be left in his hands & the outcome will not only be beneficial to you but also to the others God wants to bless through your obedience.
There is a difference when God trusts us and wants us to come into agreement with him regarding a particular decision to when out of a hardened heart we make decisions out of the flesh and either through circumstance or a wake up call, God has to put us through stuff to get us back on track classic example is the story of the Israelites journey's in the wilderness.
A person who is forced to do something out of obligation or circumstance will have a different heart towards the task to the person who really has been lead and is in agreement with God.
Our flesh will always fight us on what is holy and acceptable to God,Jesus even said "Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matt 26:41
Now sometimes we do get it wrong and make the wrong decisions and Praise be to God by his grace he rescues us and protects us even when sometimes when we don't even realise it. But ultimately the tests in life is there to grow us and refine us as imitators of Christ to strengthen the word in us, to test our hearts and our confession as to whether they are coming from a place of honesty and humility which ultimately will birth a deeper revelation and understanding of what the bible teachings actually mean so we can better communicate and be witnesses in the world.
If you are in the middle of making a life altering decision God is trusting that you will seek him on the matter. If you haven't received a clear instruction keep praying trusting that when the decision is finally made it will be born out of his will and timing and not your own panic state. When presented with many options know that God again has put you in a position to exercise your free will but his desire is for you to come in agreement with his word and make a decision by being lead by his spirit.
Whatever you are going through today I pray God will lead you and guide on the right path and at the appointed time. Keep trusting and waiting to hear from God concerning the plans he has for you. Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run , and not be weary ; and they shall walk , and not faint .
Art from the Heart