Nudges | These Things | Obey
Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8
“Show me the way I should go…and then I’ll decide if I want to go that way.” Unfortunately, that’s the way most of us translate that verse. We want to know God’s will for us, but we also want to retain the veto power just in case we don’t like it. Sometimes we treat God’s direction the way we treat fortune cookies. The little message gives us a thrill if it tells us what we want to hear: “A stranger will give you a wonderful gift.” “It’s a good week to take a risk.” We might even keep that message in the back of our minds as we proceed with what we planned to do anyway. It’s interesting, but it’s not authoritative.
God’s direction is not a fortune cookie. It’s not optional. God doesn’t have opinions, He has only truth. When we seek His will for our lives, it must be non-selective. We don’t get to say, “God, please show me what to do about my job, but not about my love life.” Or, “Lord, I need your help with my finances, but I don’t want to change anything.” When we seek God’s direction, we must be all in. Our hearts must be in a position of surrender because He usually wants to deal with other areas of our lives as well. When we’re ready to obey Him no matter what, He is delighted to show us what to do. Whenever we’re finding it hard to hear from God, we must remember this: God doesn’t waste His direction on someone who treats it like a fortune cookie.
Final Thought: When you ask God for direction, are you prepared to obey no matter what?
Prayer: Father, this might be my problem when I don’t get direction from you. I’m still holding on to some things I’d rather not deal with. But you want all of me, including those areas. So show me the way to go, I’m ready to obey. In Jesus’ name, Amen