We should make decisions with no doubt. If we sense uncertainty, we must wait until we attain God’s peace. If it’s only 80%, wait for the 20% hesitation to be resolved. It might be something He will show us that we need to work on before going forth; the timing might not be right or all the pieces might not be in place. We wait for total assurance, expecting God’s best.
What we leave unchecked can become roadblocks. We can overlook something that appears insignificant. We cannot ignore anything that hinders our peace. The Lord leads us not to move by giving us a lack of peace. If we realize we have taken a direction we were not sure of, we humbly surrender the situation to the Lord. He will show us what to do.
It is to be differentiated from self-doubt which comes from our carnal nature. The reservations are then pertaining to us and often come after we have made a faith decision. We pray for the Lord to remove any doubts and take heed to the precious witnessing of the Holy Spirit. He will guide us into all truth. We can depend on Him, from glory to glory!
Matthew 14:30-31 “But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’”
Whatever we think God is doing in our lives, we quickly find out He truly is doing much more. It’s as though we walk on a dot-to-dot pathway. With every step we take, a dot connects to another, and the picture becomes clearer. We not only go from dot-to-dot, but we are all like dots that God connects to accomplish His purpose.
We can’t guess what the full picture will be because each dot reveals something new of great importance to the whole. We can’t assume we know how each part connects, but we trust God is working everything together for our good. We are His workmanship. He cares for us and even though we may not know what our tomorrow holds—we know He holds our tomorrow, and we rest in Him.
We enjoy the journey moving from dot-to-dot knowing the next destination is only a new season, not the end. Even when we think nothing is moving, something is; we are just not aware of it. Constantly trusting there is more to attain helps us remain hopeful and not get discouraged. Going from dot-to-dot means there is more, from glory to glory!
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
When we say yes too quickly to someone’s appeal because we want to please them without knowing if it pleases the Lord, it can have unforeseen consequences. If, during a business transaction, we are told we have to decide right then and there or we will lose a deal–it must not be God’s best.
We put ourselves in a difficult place when we must answer a request quickly, under pressure, without time to seek the Lord for His will on the matter. We need to ask the Lord for His wisdom, even if the time we have is brief. God will honor our wish to know His desire for our lives. People will respect our request to be led by God, whether or not they understand it.
Sometimes, the Spirit of the Lord comes upon us suddenly and has us do or say things we don’t have time to think about. That is His doing. He purposely doesn’t want our reasoning to hinder His purpose. This differs greatly from the decisions we make intentionally. Always allow the peace of God to lead us as we go slowly, but surely, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 28:16 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.’”
At the start of a new year, we might tell ourselves things like, “I’m going to start a new diet to improve my health, lose weight, and begin a new exercise program. I will give up drinking so many sodas. I will be nicer to my mate.” We entertain so many thoughts because of the new year.
Even though it’s important to set dates for our goals, the actual date cannot be our motivation for them. When it is, we set ourselves up to fail. If it’s because the year starts that we endeavor a new diet, we will give up when we miss it one day, and because the first will have gone by, so will our incentive. When the date is just part of the goal and we fail, we rise and try again and again until we succeed, no matter how many dates we set.
Every day is an opportunity to give another try to our aspirations. God’s mercies are new every morning! Every single morning. In God, every day is New Year’s Day! Hallelujah! Let’s do whatever He leads us to do, again and again, until dates no longer matter. Only Him and His faithfulness, from glory to glory!
Lamentations 3:22-23 “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”