You may have to draw straws when faced with a tough decision. Proverbs 18:18 (MSG)
Especially choices where either outcome will drastically change your life: like who to marry, what to study, where to live.
These aren’t easy choices, they are the kind of decisions that keep you up at night, and keep you on your knees.
They are also the kind of decisions that we all face everyday.
Which is why I loved stumbling across this little verse about how sometimes we will have to draw straws when making a tough decision.
Reading Proverbs 18:1 I realized that sometimes there isn’t a right or wrong choice.
And that maybe God isn’t so concerned with our choices as he is about who we are becoming.
Maybe in letting the straws fall where they will we’re really just surrendering to God and letting him choose what happens next.
God doesn’t need us to marry one particular person, study the right thing and live in a certain place to make us more like him. God does that anyway in every place.
So does that mean, it doesn’t matter who you marry, what you study or where you live?
I think God wants us to make good choices.
Most of the time we know what good choices look like: They don't hurt us or those we love, they honour God and make us look more like him and something in your spirit just says, "Yes! This is good."
I don't know if it matters who you marry, what you study or where you live.
I do know God is bigger than our choices.
When you limit God to your choices you make God small. (<-- Click here to tweet this)
If you think that God only wants to be part of your life when you make the “right” choice you have forgotten how much He loves you.
You’ve ignored Romans 8:28 where he tells you he is always working for your good.
Overlooked God’s promise in Deuteronomy 31:6 about how he won’t let you down and will never leave you.
And forgotten that God said in Jeremiah 29:11, he would take care of you, would never abandon you, and that he has plans to give you the future you’ve always hoped for.
Perhaps it is time to stop being so scared, make good choices, and trust that God has your back, whatever your decision.
And then let the straws fall where they will.
Do you know that God loves you no matter what choices you make? How does that knowledge make you feel? Take a moment to tell God what you’re thinking and ask him to show you that he is with you always.
Wendy van Eyck is married to Xylon, who talks non-stop about cycling, and makes her laugh. She writes for anyone who has ever held a loved one’s hand through illness, ever believed in God despite hard circumstances or ever left on a spontaneous 2-week holiday through a foreign land with just a backpack. You can follow Wendy’s story and subscribe to receive her free ebook, “Life, life and more life” at ilovedevotionals.com. She would also love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter.