“Hey God, I could really use some guidance here…what should I do?”
-Me (or maybe you)
If you’ve ever faced a significant life decision, which you felt had the potential to irrevocably change the course of your very destiny, then maybe you have sought what God says in His Word about the subject. You open up the Bible and find conflicting perspectives throughout. Maybe that was when you discovered there wasn’t a simple straightforward answer that you were hoping for.
It’s easy to get confused when comparing the individual stories from the Bible and then trying to apply them in your life. Which way is the right way? Do I go or do I stay? There are many illustrations of each! I think a great example to follow, no matter what your circumstances are, is that described in Exodus 40:36-38:
“In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted.
So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.”
When the cloud (the Spirit of God) descended on the temple, the Israelites stayed. When the cloud moved forward, the Israelites moved forward. They didn’t move until the Spirit led them. With any choice that might be presented, ask God what He’s saying to you, in your unique circumstances. Listen carefully because His instructions could have more than one step.
In Genesis 22, Abraham was told to take his only son up the mountain and sacrifice him upon the altar. Once there, Abraham, ready to go through with it, heard a new command. STOP! Grab the goat…you know what to do. If Abraham had been fixed on what God said previously he would have missed a very important step in God’s plan. But instead, he was always actively listening. Abraham made a practice of listening to God, that’s why it was so easy to hear him when push came to shove.
Remember, in everything you do, trust in Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5 & 6) Good luck & God speed!
- Samantha Quantz