Sometime we’re afraid of making the wrong decision and that creates stress.
You may be thinking, ‘But I’ve tried this!’ You asked God to guide you but then you became more confused than before. You still couldn’t figure it out. Does God play games with us? Of course not! God wants to guide us. He wants us to know His will more than we want to know it. Our problem is we often look for the wrong thing when we’re trying to find God’s will.
Some of us look for a feeling. Some of us want a formulaic approach to God’s will, some recipe to apply when we’re making decisions. Some of us take a magical approach and hope God will give us some fantastic sign or wonder to follow.
All of these lead to frustration and can cause us to miss God’s will.
God does not want you confused and he does not want you stressed over making a decision. God wants you to know that he is there, guiding you every step of the way.
This is his promise, so you can believe this to be true: “He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” (Psalm 23:3 NIV)
You may be facing a dead end right now—financial, emotional, relational—but if you will trust God and keep on moving in faith, even when you don’t see a way, he will make a way. It will become more understandable as you head down the path he sets before you, but understanding is not a requirement for you to start down the path. Be patient. God knows what He’s doing. God knows what is best for you. He can see the end result. You can’t. All those problems, heartaches, difficulties and delays — all the things that make you ask “why” — one day it will all be clear in the light of God’s love.
In the meantime, do what Proverbs 3 tells us to do: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”