As a young person, I prayed to know God’s will, mainly wanting to know what career I should choose. I didn’t hear any answers to that prayer. I had grown up in church and committed my life to Christ at an early age; however, I didn’t learn to rely on Him and to submit my will to His until years later.
Most of the time, I tried to live by feelings, fear, “ought-to’s,” and my own understanding. This resulted in my making many poor choices in life. Those decisions never gave me the happiness, satisfaction, or sense of being loved which I craved. It’s no wonder they didn’t provide those things, though. What I longed for comes only from trusting and loving God with my whole being, letting go of my own ways, and living for Jesus. I wanted good things, but I didn’t trust the Giver of all good things.
Although my faith has grown since then, I still don’t always make wise choices. But I’m learning to trust God more and ask Him about things in life. I’m also trying to focus more on Jesus and less on me. How thankful I am for God’s patience and forgiveness! He never quit loving me, and He never gave up on me.
Thank You, Lord.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 – NKJV
“But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for ‘the just shall live by faith.’” Galatians 3:11–NKJV
2 responses to “Wise Choices”
Press on dear sister! The Lord can use all our choices and experiences – surrendered to Him, they are woven together with divine purpose. Hold all things up to God’s word and pray for discernment to know the will of God. Through Him your career and even your daily walk will have eternal value.
One favorite quote: “Through perseverance the snail reached the ark” 🐌
Thanks Lisa Beth. I love that quote about the snail! You’re right about my needing to surrender all my choices and experiences to God. As I said, I’m learning to look to God and more and more. Since I’ve retired from my career as a school librarian, I sometimes think I’m too old to do anything of eternal value–so thank you for the encouraging reminder that with our Lord, even my daily walk will have eternal value.