Have you ever been frustrated and confused when trying to make a decision?
Have you ever made a decision – only to find that things didn’t work out the way you hoped?
I sure have! In fact – I found myself in that place just this past week.
When I get to that point, it is easy to begin to strive, struggle and wonder what I’m missing. It is easy to doubt myself…question others…or let my temper flare.
Yikes!!! Hardly the traits of a woman who truly loves Jesus!?!
But, it is the reality of what can happen. It is the consequence of trying to figure things out and fix them in your own strength.
The cure? STOP trying to do it alone.
Hit your knees and invite the one who knows the answers to be part of the process. Ask the one who knows the right path to give you His wisdom and guidance.
He knows what’s best - He is the alpha and the omega – remember???
But how quickly we can forget – especially when we get caught up in the challenges that face us in everyday life.
This past week – that is where I found myself. I finally hit my knees – exhausted from trying to figure it out on my own. I laid my struggle before the Lord and cried, “HELP!!!” (Now…why I didn’t do that from the beginning is beyond me…but that’s a discussion for another day.) I’ve got to tell you what happened next!!!
I went to my Bible the next morning to do my daily reading which “just happened to be” in Proverbs 18. As I circled the verses that I wanted to journal and meditate on - there were three:
Proverbs 18: 13, 15 and 17
13 To answer before listening—
that is folly and shame.
15 The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge,
for the ears of the wise seek it out.
17 The first to present his case seems right,
until another comes forward and questions him.
As I read the notes in my study Bible, Zondervan actually grouped these 3 verses together and called them principles for making sound decisions!!!
I wept as I saw God’s kindness in this quick answer to my prayer.
1. Listen before you answer…get the facts first.
2. Seek knowledge…be open to new ideas.
3. Hear both sides of the story… don’t jump to conclusions.
I wanted a quick solution. God said, “No”.
The answer is to seek knowledge…and although a longer and more difficult way…it is His way…and it is BEST!!!
What decisions are you struggling with today?
What will you do differently as a result of this instruction in Proverbs?
I pray that He gives you a word of encouragement and the answers you need. Or…just maybe…this is your answer too?
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