In my previous article, I said when I need God to show me what to do, He doesn’t always give me the clear direction I desire. I went on to say that even though God doesn’t always provide an exact answer, He does give me (all of us) wisdom and discernment to make tough decisions. Well, that’s where I ran into a problem.
The Problem I Encountered with God’s Answers
One of the primary ways God instructs us and helps us to gain wisdom and good judgment is through the Bible. In the Word He tells us, using many real-life examples and stories, how to live the best life possible. He lays out the precepts and principles that are the basis for making good life decisions.
It is all there. We just have to study it and put what we learn into practice. Instead of spoon-feeding us the answer to every decision we have to make in life, our gracious God has tried to provide us the instruction we need to make our own good decisions.
That’s where I ran into a problem.
God provides the answers, but I don’t always listen. Here’s what I’ve come to realize. I often don’t like the answers He gives. Instead of truly being open to finding the best solution, what I really want is for God to conform to what I want.
But my people would not listen to me. They kept doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward. Jeremiah 7:24 NLT
In these moments, I’m not truly seeking wisdom and truth. I’m not fully open to ALL the possibilities. I have a preconceived idea of what I want or at least a very limited range of what I’m willing to do and I want God’s answer to fall into my acceptable tolerances. I’m stubborn and as a result, I usually go backwards instead of forward.
Act on His Wisdom and Truth
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24 NIV
Funny, how I ask God for wisdom and for answers, yet I ignore what He tells me when it is uncomfortable or inconvenient for me. God generously provides the guidance I need to make the tough decisions. I just don’t listen and put His words into practice. Can anyone else relate?