Monday, April 20, 2009

Wise choices, God's choices, Watching Over You..

God gives HIS best to those who leave the choice up to Him. :-)

Kurt has made his decision. As of Saturday morning, he was offered another option in his job direction as he was leaving the night shifts behind and following the clear cut path God was placing before him.

As we prayed and he made some phone calls to try and get a better perspective on the new choice, we leaned in once again, very closely to our Lord. It was God's voice we wanted to hear. It was God's confirmation we wanted to know. It was God's choosing we wanted Kurt to pick up.

There are times in life where our paths sometimes have an unexpected little fork off to one side or another, or perhaps a crossroad pops up, and we are stopped short in our tracks. When the choices of life suddenly become more than just the obvious of the Lord, "Walk This Way..." we can view it in two ways.

It can be an obstacle, a disturbance... something that ruffles the calm and unobstructed routine that we are accustomed to, day in and day out, the expected way our days will go.
It can be an opportunity, an excitement.. something that presents the possibility of new horizons, new assignments, God-planned changes in our settled routines!

How will you view the choices put before you this week? As a Pilgrim walking through your journey on this earth, when you are confronted with an unexpected, possibly unwanted choice on your pathway, What will be your first thought? Where will you turn, Whom will you ask, as you seek to make your decision?

When we truly do NOT know what the best choice is, we are blessed beyond our knowing to have One who knows it all. He has paved our paths, He has placed the choices, He has planned the perfect route, and He is there to see it done. He walks with us every step of the way. He stands beside us in this journey, waiting... to read our thoughts, to see us turn to look at Him, to hear us ask Him, "Lord, Father...which way? YOU choose."

" My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord, and you will gain knowledge of God. For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy. Wise choices will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe."
(Prov. 2: 1-11)

The promises of our Lord to His children as they are away from the Homeland, pilgrims walking the paths of another land... are precious. They are life giving. They are instructional. They are directional. They are priceless!

Remember this day that God is the God of your creation, your youth, your adulthood, your entire life! He is walking with you every step of that process, that lifelong journey as it unfolds day after day, presenting new and unexpected forks and crossroads.

How will YOU view these choices put before you? As Obstacles....or Opportunities? To whom do you turn to and trust with no doubts, fully confident of the answer you will receive? Whom do you find understanding from?

Trust in the LORD with all your heart...NO DOUBTS!... Lean not on your own understanding... fearful of what you know you cannot see...In all your ways, recognize Him in the planning...give Him first and final say...and He will direct you and crown your choice with success. (a promise from Prov. 3:5-6)

THIS is God's promise to us. Believe it. Claim it. LIVE IT!

Our God is an awesome God. He will never disappoint those who leave the choice to Him. Lean on His everlasting arms.



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