A Strategy for Christian Decision Making and Finding God’s Will
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“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8)
How many people have ever asked the sincere question, “How can I know God’s will for my life?” Or even more difficult may be the question, “How do I choose between two good options?” I believe that Jesus gave us a simple yet profound solution to our uncertainty. It is simply this, “Ask, Seek and Knock.”
You probably think this is just a message on prayer, but before you run off and close the Internet browser thinking this is something you have already heard before, I ask that you just give me a few minutes to explain something profound about these words.
“God does nothing except in response to believing prayer.” John Wesley
Of course, it does start off in prayer. We start by asking God for what we want and desire. We might ask for wisdom, favor and guidance for our decision. We may even ask for a door to be opened or closed. Asking is a matter of our mouths being put to motion in prayer. How many of us could testify that we have made bad decisions in the past because we neglected the vital component of prayer? But it does not stop there.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.” (Proverbs 25:2)
Often times, I have heard the second portion of this passage also used to describe prayer. But when I seek for something, I don’t use my mouth, I use my eyes as well as my mind. In other words, I search and look and try to find what I need. This is more than prayer, this is doing our due diligence and researching and studying for the answer. It starts by consulting God’s Word on the matter, but it does not end there. If it is a business deal it may involve crunching numbers. A choice of school may involve comparing and contrasting. God has given us good eyes to see and minds to process information as we seek His will.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
If we ask with our mouth and seek with our eyes and mind, then how do we knock? With our hands! Knocking is representative of taking action. After we have prayed, after we have researched and done our due diligence it is time to act. Now you may pray and research and determine that it is not best to act at all or at least not yet. Whatever you decide, it is important to be resolute, not double-minded and walk forward in faith. Verbalize or write out your decision. Indecision is a bad decision. God cannot reward indecisiveness because it is only by faith that we please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Now the Next Step
Friend, I don’t know what you’re going through or the decisions you are making today, but I do know that God promises to guide us in the process. I have learned that God will always give us enough wisdom and guidance to make the best decision possible. That’s not to say we will have total 100% clarity, but where clarity is lacking, God gives us an equal measure of faith to compensate.
So take the time to pray to God for his guidance and wisdom. Invest time in due diligence by reading His Word as well as other reliable sources of information. Then be sure to act on the wisdom that He has afforded you. Amen.