“Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Pr. 3:6 NLT
That’s not really the question. Many of us have dreams. Things we wish we could do, have, or achieve. The question lies in acting on it – to move forward to try and attain it, or not to move forward. What do you do? Bingo! That’s the real question.
There are numerous avenues to try and get that answer: fortune tellers, palm readers, crystal balls, tarot cards, horoscopes, stones, and leaves. Parker Brothers even has a conduit for you – the good ole’ Ouija Board! If the Parker Brothers don’t come through for you – Mattel might with their Magic 8 ball. There are 20 possible answers, so one of them has to be right! Right? I have to admit I have been known, a time or two, or three, to shake the Magic 8 ball after asking a question. Of course, since I am the one holding the ball, I will shake it until I get the answer I want. If all else fails there is the vintage channel of figuring out what to do. The old fashioned, infamous – Eenie Meenie Miney Mo! Like the Magic 8 Ball I play the game until I get the answer I want. Then laugh because I always think, wouldn’t it be nice if life worked that way. Wouldn’t you agree? When I am faced with making a decision, and the question of “what to do” comes up – just shake, pick, or consult some thing that already knows the outcome. However, it’s not that easy. Is it? Or, is it?
The questions I’m talking about are not the daily questions of: what to wear, eat, exercise or not, who to talk to, what time to go to bed, etc. What I am referring to are the hard questions of life that could change your direction, and possibly turn it upside down, or right side up: to marry or not; where to live; what career to pursue; have the operation or not; which treatment to agree to; take the transfer or leave the company; stay married or not; etc… BIG questions, sometimes associated with BIG dreams. Questions in which the answers could make or break the situation. Oh to have the answer readily available in an easy to understand format. Do you use any of the means mentioned above? If you have experienced what I have, in the past, Parker Brothers, nor Mattel have ever been able to direct my life and steer me down the path God has for me. They may bring humor, and ignite a small spark of conversation, but when it comes to the important questions; the ones that re-direct the compass for my life I look north; to God.
I’ve learned I cannot shake the bible like the Magic 8 Ball, drop open the pages and move my fingers around to the verse for me, or like the stones and leaves pick and choose. God tells you, and me, to seek Him with all our hearts, and when we do we will find him. (Jer. 29 12-13 NIV). So how do we do that?
Here are three ways:
# 1 – Scour the Scriptures
To scour means “to search thoroughly” according to Oxford American Dictionary (p. 813). If we are going to thoroughly search the scriptures we have to spend time reading them. Not just plop and drop the bible open and read whatever appears. Get a bible with a concordance and look up what you are dealing with: sadness, loneliness, direction, marriage, finances (money), fear, the list could go on. Then write down each scripture that pertains to your situation. I realize that if you are trying to decide whether to live in Kansas verses Texas, or which job to take, that will not be in the bible. But, direction, discernment, and path will be.
After you write the scriptures, read them, and meditate on them. You may even want to cross reference them with other scripture in the Bible. This process could take a while. To scour indicates we are searching until we find.
#2 – Seek His face
Seeking His face kinda automatically happens when we scour the scriptures. We get face to face with God’s word. When you seek His face you are looking for direction only from Him. Not God plus your friends, and then we take a vote. It’s not based on the majority rule with God.
God tells us, “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me” (Jer. 29:13 NLT). Notice it does not say, “you: may, might, possibly, by chance, or if you’re lucky.” God says – “you will find me.” I love that! That’s better than any Magic 8 Ball, Ouija Board, or other methods of assistance with a decision. That is a sure thing!
# 3 – Share our hearts
Tell God what is on your mind, what is bothering you. Tell Him about the decision, and share your concerns, fears, doubts. Why? Because He already told us to, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you” (1 Pe. 5:7 NLT).
When something is bothering me, often I find myself wanting to run to a friend and spill my heart to them. If I am conscience about it, I will stop myself and have a conversation with God about it. He’s who I should have went to anyway. There is something freeing about releasing our worries, and concerns. Who better to do that with than our Maker Himself? Psalms 139 tells us, He knows everything about us; we can never escape from his Spirit, or presence. He saw us before we were born. When someone knows you that well – we should be sharing our heart with Him!
So the next time we are faced with a decision, instead of resorting back to a quick resolution; May we scour, seek, and share with our Maker. No eenie meenie miney mo’s about it.
“Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you the path to take.” Pr. 3:6 NLT
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