New beginnings can scare us especially when we are unsure of our directions, and we are at a crossroad. Some choices are life-changing, and others are small diversions. Whichever one we choose we need to ask for Wisdom to deal with them and pick the right ones. There is a HALT acronym used for Hungry, Angry, Alone and Tired. We shouldn’t make decisions on these emotions as they won’t lead to the right outcomes. Instead, we should wait until we are in a better place to make a decision. Easier said than done, especially when we have things to get off our chest. But the point is, in all these emotions we tend to be a bit more irrational and may regret decisions we make during the moment.
So how do we make the right decisions?
1) Seek Wisdom
James 1:5 New International Version (NIV)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Wisdom comes from God , if we lack it, we need to ask God to give us more so that we can handle situations better. But all this comes when we accept God as our God and accept that he is great and all powerful. And in this we are able to make the right decisions. We won’t be going by temperamental feelings that last couple of hours but instead, we will be trusting a God who is all knowing and all powerful. We can just about get a sense of the future but he knows where we will end up in the end.
The Bible informs us to pray without ceasing. And he also tells us to make our request known to him. We need to pray and communicate with God about what we need, especially when it comes to guidance. But the important part in prayer is listening. It is a two way conversation between you and him. God isn’t Father Christmas that just gives you all you need. God cares about you because you are his son/daughter. By listening to him in prayer you will be able to hear his voice and feel his presence. All this comes from allowing the Holy spirit to dwell in us and praying for this spirit of discernment.
Imagine hearing static while trying to listen to a pin drop in a quiet room. It’s difficult right? And that’s how it may sound in our heads. Our flesh will be saying one thing while, the devil will be saying the other and God is saying the rest. You need the filter and that comes through the Holy spirit.
It takes time but, when you made the word of God your daily bread and you start to open your heart to him, you’ll soon be able to hear him better and make the right decisions.
Today 30th June, marks the end of half of the year. A lot of things have gone on in our lives that ‘should’ make us very tired and not willing to go on many things have also gone on that we supposed to be grateful for but many times, a lot of things overwhelm us that we forget to count our blessings. Therefore, it could lead us to doing things by our own strength in making sure our goals work and all meanwhile God is telling us to just rest (which doesn’t mean that we won’t work but this means calling on God to help us as we work and involving Him in our work and drawing strength from Him daily).
Last year, I had finished the mandatory National Youth Service Commission (NYSC) Scheme, as prescribed by the Nigerian Government. After I had finished, I wanted a job so I set out on getting a job. I had called almost everyone I had known that was in a position to help me out but all to avail. I went round my town to submit my CV as well as sending them via email to various companies both within and outside the country. I started to grow weary and tired until God reminded me that I was depending on my own strength and not on Him. Inasmuch as I was going up and down trying to make things work, I found out that it had yielded no fruit and God gave me various scriptures that made me learn to depend on Him and I will share one here. Psalms 23. It starts with ‘The Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need (GNB)’ and then God asked me, ‘If I am your Shepherd, why do you feel you are lacking anything because you do not have a job?’ and then I realized how much I had wanted to be my own Shepherd and have already taken the wheel of my life. From then on, I sought to enjoy the Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Love of God and the Sweet Fellowship of the Holy Spirit that abides; while basking in this, I was just resting in God, seeking Him on places I am to apply instead of just applying randomly, being hopeful and getting my hopes dashed.
In May this year, I had travelled to go spend some time with a family friend and then a friend of mine who owns a company just chatted me up and told me I was highly recommended by someone to come work for him. I was astonished and that was how I got my first job. I got it without applying for it. I got it by just resting in God and trusting Him to lead me on and on and on.
To be sincere, we can try and do things by our strength and it may work out but there will be many mistakes and weightiness of heart and sometimes, we could even get depressed but I want to let us know that there is a better way (which may not necessarily be the easy way but because God is in it and we draw strength from Him, our journey will be smoother)…
© Chukwudi Isaac