Those who know me well know that I take a long time to decide what to choose from a menu of more than three choices. It gives me some comfort to know that if I choose a not-so-good option, smiling servers are usually willing to serve up a different plate. If only the other decisions we need to make in life came with the assurance that we can get a do-over if we make a bad call. Most of our decision-making is far more significant. We feel pressure to hire, date, befriend, or marry the right person. We want to choose the best schools for our children and live in a neighborhood that’s right for our families. Maybe you’re trying to decide whether to go back to school or leave your current job to pursue a completely different career path. Whatever decision we need to make, God’s Word is a reliable source to guide us toward decisions that will bear good fruit in our lives.
God, I’ve made poor decisions in the past and have paid dearly for some of them. Help me lean on your Word as I navigate life’s tough choices.
In today’s reading, an older, wise person gives advice to the young.
Maybe you are used to solving problems and making decisions without consulting anyone, but now you’re finding that what’s in front of you is bigger, more challenging than anything you have ever faced. The sage of Proverbs invites you to trust God fully, to lean on God and not rely on your abilities. To trust God fully requires being confident that he is trustworthy. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being most trusting, how much do you trust God? What will it take for you to trust God fully?
List all the attributes you know to describe God. Your list might include: loving, kind, constant, mighty, merciful. Based on your experience with God, complete this sentence: God, you are _______, so I trust you to help me make the right decision about________. Repeat this sentence a few times replacing the first blank space with different attributes each time.
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