There is always a decision to be made. The split second decisions that come at us everyday and kind of decisions we wrestle with over great amounts of time. I have a tendency to question the decisions I’ve made and wonder if they have been the right ones. I second guess myself and generally have a default personal philosophy of ‘shoulda coulda’. This is simply an unbiblical frame of mind. On the contrary the Bible says in Acts 17:28,
‘In him we live and move and have our being’
Thankfully I am not wondering around autonomously in my own strength but my existence is set solidly ‘In Him’ that is, In Christ. I need to remember this and continually trust in God’s providence.
Scripture gives a lot of details in how active and involved the Lord is in our lives. Our plans, decisions and steps are firmly set in Christ. Because we are in him we can be sure that what we’ve done and where we’ve been is purposeful.
The Lord is sovereign in our steps. Proverbs 16:9 says, ‘The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.’ We pray in the 23rd Psalm that the Lord will lead us beside still waters and also to lead us in paths of righteousness. Next, at least in some aspect, our decisions are from God. Proverbs 16:1 says,’The plans of the heart belong to man,but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. A bit further in Proverbs 16:33 it says, ‘The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.’ And of course the Lord holds our whole life in his hands as Job confesses in Job 12:10,‘In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.’
In the plans that we make for our lives we can be assured that the Lord is with us and leading us. We can decide to do something and trust in the will of Lord. James 4:16 give us a clear directive in how to think about a decision, ‘Instead you ought to say, If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.’ James is telling us to look to the Lord and rest in his sovereignty as we make our plans and decisions. So, If the Lords wills, I’ll be in class at Sangre de Cristo seminary the morning of June 3rd.
I need not be anxious or fumble around in a ‘shoulda coulda’ self- centeredness, but instead be encouraged by Gods active and personal involvement in my life. Romans 8:28 needs to permeate my thinking,‘And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose’.
I may not specifically understand how a particular move I made was part of God’s plan but when I put it up next to scripture and view it through the lens of his word I can trust in him and move confidently into the next decision and trust that it is part of his purpose for me and rest.