There are times in life where the future seems to be the scariest, most overwhelming thing in existence. It’s unavoidable, and the decisions we make now will affect it for better or worse. As Christians, of course, we want to make good, righteous decisions. But sometimes, there isn’t a cut and dried answer. No clear black and white.
In those times, it’s easy to lean on our own understanding. Or worry. Or go with our “gut-instinct” and call it the Lord’s leading. Can we trust the Lord to lead us in every moment?
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. Psalm 139:13-16
God made us. He made each of us individually, with our own personalities and differences. He put thought and design into how He made us. And He knew the entire timeline of our lives before He even began to form us. God knows us intimately. He knows us better than we will ever know ourselves.
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8
God is love. If God is love and He knows us individually, then it makes sense that we can trust Him with the future. Anything He allows in our lives is for our ultimate good and to draw us close to Him.
So, yes we can trust Him. It’s easy to say, but what does that look like?
So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.” 1 Samuel 15:22-23
To obey is better than sacrifice. In this particular context, God had told King Saul exactly what to do. Instead of obeying, Saul did what he thought was right, directly disobeying the Lord’s command.
Now, in many cases, we don’t have specific instructions concerning the daily or seasonal decisions we each face. God gives us a boatload of commands in Scripture, not concerning Crest or Colgate, or what college to attend, or which job to take. His commands are there to teach us how to be like Him and to be dependent on Him. By becoming more like Him, we learn to thing along the lines of His will. By depending on Him, we learn to take our decisions to Him in prayer. Our God is a God of logic and faith, which means that many decisions can be made by simple reasoning, but there will also be decisions that require a leap of faith.
But a leap of true faith is actually a leap toward Christ.