I remember a time when I prayed about everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING. And I also remember a time when I barely prayed at all. But when it comes to decision making, sometimes praying about it isn’t the answer.
Well, I’m glad you asked. God has equipped us with many abilities, and one ability is to be able to make intelligent decisions. Let me give you an example. Imagine you had a child who asked you every little thing from, “Should I pick up my fork NOW?”, or “Can I wash my hands NOW,” to “Is it okay to wipe my eyes?” Now imagine this on an adult level. “Lord, which car should I buy, the blue one or the black?” Really? It’s the exact same brand new car, but in a different color and you want Him to pick a color?
Here’s the deal: We really can make most decisions once we use some of the other abilities God has blessed us with; like the ability to gather information, the ability to obtain wise counsel, the ability to distinguish between right and wrong or good and bad, the ability to use common sense, the ability to make sense of information, and the ability to read the Holy Bible. And, of course, we are blessed with intuition.
Now say there is a man you want to marry…because he is fine, good in bed (that’s another blog post), and you think you love him. You decide to pray, “Lord, should I marry him?” If you have previously asked God for an educated, professional man, who is ambitious, loves kids and dogs, likes to travel, dresses well, remembers to put the toilet seat back down, and loves you to the moon and back, and this man is none of that, do you really need to ask God if you should marry this man?
Or let’s say you have found a man who is all that stated above, but he’s married already (which means he’s cheating with you), do you really need to ask God about that? (For those who are hard- or thick-headed, the answer is NO. He is not for you. Even if he got a divorce, which he probably would not, he still is not for you.)
Or maybe you have been dying for another job. You know what you want. The good Lord has presented you with three viable options. You asked, He over-delivered. Now what are you going to do? Do your homework! Find out about each company and each offer, and weigh the pros and cons for yourself and your family. Sure, you can ask God to make information plain, but then step out on faith and pick one. YOU make the decision, then remain with God and watch your confidence and trust in Him grow.
God wants your confidence and trust in Him to grow, and that can’t happen if you do not step out on faith, and use the abilities and direction (the Bible) He has already given you to make good decisions.
With love and light,
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