Proverbs 16:3–12 ‘Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice. In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.’ (vv8–9)
We’ve all at some point worried that we’ve missed God’s will. Consequently, we often make no decision and become immersed in temptation and sin freely. Unreliable in everything (Jas. 1:8), we can mistakenly think there is one golden ‘God-decision’, but for the love of heaven, we can’t find it.
Our search for guidance becomes confused and erratic. Be reassured! Our walk with God is always about the state of our heart, the core of who we are, rather than our activity. Daily we must make decisions with the majority incidental and having little impact on our friendship with God.
I stumbled into Christian ministry at the invitation of a friend, having failed to secure a PGCE or land a place at law college. Learning the challenging art of a primary caregiver was thrust upon me due to my wife’s illness. As for the contemplative life, exhausted following 60 failed job applications, I surrendered to what appeared to be the only thing left in my heart.
Calling is personal, seeded deep within us, but frustratingly difficult to locate. No matter, since if we faithfully follow God, we’re most likely going to discover we’ve been doing what God wants without realising it. Helpful, since it reduces the chances of pride and any sense of self- importance.
I now welcome the voices of uncertainty and insecurity that still rage within, since what purpose would it serve for the devil to awaken insecurity if I wasn’t doing God’s will? He’d have no need to disturb me.
SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER:
Ps. 18:1–19; Jer. 29:4–14; John 15:9–17; 2 Pet. 1:3–11
AN ACTION TO TAKE:
Where do you struggle with questions about God’s calling? Let God know and then keep doing what you’re doing to the best standard you can.
A PRAYER TO MAKE:
‘Lord, whatever I do may I do it with all my might, and keep my heart focussed on You and Your love. Amen.’
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