Are you one of those people who makes decisions quickly and easily? Or are you like me who when it comes to big decisions I can have a hard time. Especially those decisions where you want to be absolutely sure it’s the right decision according to God’s plan, not just what seems easiest. It can feel like a tennis match with all the back and forth, back and forth day by day.
Don’t you just love those times when you know which direction you are supposed to head? You’re moving forward,you have a plan, it’s feeling good. You might not know all the details; but at least you know the first step or the general direction in which you should go.
Then of course there are also those times we can feel as if we are in a holding pattern. We know there is something the Lord has for us to do, but He hasn’t revealed to us what it is yet. It can be hard and frustrating to be in that place. Waiting is not something that most of us enjoy. It’s in those times that we really need to exercise our faith. God has the perfect time and season for what is next in our lives. We just need to learn to rest in Him, while we are waiting on Him, to show us our next step.
Sometimes we also have times when we think we are standing, just waiting on the Lord. But that might not always be true. A friend said to me the other day, you’re not waiting on the Lord, He’s waiting on you. She might have a point. There may be times when the Lord has already shown us the next step to take and we haven’t taken it yet. Maybe its something we don’t really want to do and so we tell ourselves, surely that wasn’t the Lord, that must have been my own mind,or the enemy, or whatever excuse we use. Perhaps He’s prompting us to take a step of faith and let something go so we can move on to our next thing, but we are so afraid that if we let it go we will be left with nothing, so we just hang onto that thing all the more. Or, we are so afraid of taking a wrong step that we take no steps at all.
It helps to remember that the Lord is not hiding things from us. To remember that our part is to stand in faith and believe, and not rush in and try to make things happen before their time. While we are doing our part, God is working everything out on our behalf so that when He reveals to us the next step, we can walk into God’s perfect plan, not our own.
Another helpful thing to remember is Isaiah 50:7 “For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.” The scripture says the Lord God will help me and therefore I shall not be confounded. Another opportunity to exercise faith. If the Word says I shall not be confounded, then I can have faith that the Lord will show me the right way to go when I have a decision to make. Sometimes, I think we make it a lot harder than has to be. Do we honestly think that if we make one wrong step the Lord can’t get us back to where we are supposed to be?
There’s something about that phrase “set your face like flint” that reminds me of Clint Eastwood or Leroy Jethro Gibbs. That unflinching, icy stare they have, that you know means they have no intention of giving up. No matter what anyone says, or what circumstances may come, you know they are not moved. That’s how we need to be. Determined. Persevering. Our face set. Trusting the Lord, waiting for our instructions. Having done all to stand; stand therefore. And while we are standing, we can also be listening, so when the Lord gives us an instruction we can be ready to move.
And in all that we do as long as we follow Proverbs 3:5-6 we know we will end up where we need to be, and in the right time. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.”