Originally published Wednesday, 13 May 2015.
I had an important choice to make.
It was a fork-in-the-road type of choice. Both roads looked equally as enticing for completely different reasons.
One road had my heart written all over it. It was simple. The path seemed light. The way seemed easy.
The other seemed sure. Like it would get me to where I needed to go. Like a way had already been forged. It appeared the head-smart way to go.
But, what do you do when you just don't know?
What do you do when you stand in front of the fork
feeling like you have been jabbed with the fork of uncertainty?
That is where I stood.
As I looked down the paths, I knew I wanted to go down the one the Lord had set before me. Because, I have learned far too often that if your not on his road of purpose, you are only on the road headed to aggravation, dead-ends and insecurity.
I certainly don't want that.
So, as I stare at these two roads (both of which were biblically sound by the way), I decided to ask myself 3 important questions.
Question 1: Which decision will allow the love of Christ to most richly dwell within me?
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. Mt. 22:36
Question 2: Which decision will allow the love and glory of Christ to most richly shine into others' lives?
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Mt. 22:39-40
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Mt. 28:19
Question 3: Which decision will deepen faith and trust in Jesus Christ?
Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. (Col. 2:6-7)
Sometimes it is easy to choose the path of least resistance.
Sometimes it is easy to choose the path of safety.
Sometimes it is easy to choose the path of happiness.
But, often these are not the way of faith, love and discipleship.
God calls us out onto risky paths. He calls us out onto rocky paths. He calls us out onto faith-shaping, trust-building and steep-climbing paths. They don't always look like our first choice - but they are our best ones - not because of how they appear, but because of how He appears as we walk down them.
He never calls us down sinful or abusive roads. He doesn't encourage us to make decisions out of shame, guilt or regret. These are not God's motives. When we move towards Jesus, we always move towards great love. If this isn't happening, we are wise to question the originator of our plans.
So, where am I today, with my decision?
Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD. (Ps. 27:14)
I have brought my decisions before the throne, not fearing the unknown and trusting God by not walking on my own. And, it has been amazing! He has made the decision as clear as day for me.
Will this always happen? Likely not.
But, God's abundant providence will always show up as we seek after his righteousness in decisions. Even if we don't have clarity through questions, he will provide the ultimate answers because we are diligently seeking his kingdom in the process.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Mt. 6:33)
This is Godly assurance.