I have decided to use this week’s blog post as an opportunity to submit one of the entries I am considering including in the devotional book I am writing. I would love to read your your feedback.
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21 ESV
“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” Job 42:2 ESV
Insight: What did I learn?
I oscillated between reclining in our black oversized office chair, feet resting on the chestnut colored desk and pacing between the kitchen and the office. I listened while my friend was shaking her thoughts loose on the subject of a pending major life decision. Weighing both sides of the decision, she dithered between the promptings of remaining or propelling. “If I just knew what the right choice was, I would make it. But, it’s frustratingly unclear.”
I could empathize. I had been there; a few times. My thoughts saunter back to a time where I had been part of making a major life decision. The best I knew how, I had done my research. I had deliberated through conversation. I had laid prostrate on the floor begging God that if the decision I was preparing to endorse, was not His, to slam the door shut. The results of the decision I had endorsed, seemed to result in circumstances mirroring broken glass scattered on tile. I felt defeated and somewhat shamed. How did I miss you, Lord? I begged you. I pleaded with you. You ceased to intervene. I propelled forward in faith, and you rewarded me with catastrophe.
In time I learned that just because my step of faith didn’t reveal the reward I anticipated, didn’t equate misdirection. He does not revel in my floundering. His purposes simply differ from mine. I tend to make decisions based on opulence. He leads me into decisions not necessarily for physical prosperity, but spiritual abundance. He is most concerned with my spiritual maturation. He is not only Father, but also Teacher. He beckons me to make decisions in faith; trusting not the outcome, but the one who leads.
Inquire: What are you trying to teach me, Lord?
My child, you may not always be certain of your decisions. Yet, one thing you can be certain of is that I will not leave you as an orphan. You will not be comfortless. I will come to you. I will lead you. I will hold your hand. I will pick up the pieces. I will not forsake you. Be careful not to confuse what is seen with what is unseen. Just because circumstances blaspheme your decision, does not mean that my purpose has been thwarted. Many are your plans and ideas, but my purpose always stands.
Inspire: What am I going to do about it?
Abba, often I am guilty of missing the whispers of your voice working, because I am enamored with the voices in my head screaming about the mess I’ve made. You don’t require perfect. You require faith; faith that unequivocally believes that you do not leave your children as orphans.