“He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3 NIV).
When you can’t make up your mind, you stagger through life. In fact, the Bible says in James 1 that when we remain double-minded, we become unstable in everything we do. The Greek word for unstable literally means “stagger like a drunk.”
But God says there is an antidote to our indecision. Psalm 23:3 tells us, “He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake” (NIV). We handle the stress of decision-making by letting God guide us.
You may be thinking, “But I’ve tried this!” You asked God to guide you, but then you became more confused than before. You still couldn’t figure it out. Now you wonder, “Why is knowing God’s will so difficult?”
Is God playing games with us? Of course not! God wants to guide us. He wants us to know his will more than we want to know it. Our problem is we often look for the wrong thing when we’re trying to find God’s will.
For example, some of us look for a feeling. We want to be swept off our feet by some emotion so we can say, “That’s how I know what God’s will is!” Some of us want a methodical approach to God’s will. We want somebody to give us a recipe or a formula to follow. Some of us take a magical approach to God’s will. We’re looking for God to do some fantastic sign — write it in the sky, call us on the phone, send us an email.
All of these ways lead to frustration and cause us to miss God’s will. God’s will is not a feeling or a formula or something he wants you to be frustrated or fearful about.
God does not want you confused, and he does not want you stressed over making any decision. He is there, guiding you every step of the way.
I AM ALL AROUND YOU, hovering over you even as you seek My Face. I am nearer than you dare believe, closer than the air you breathe. If My children could only recognize My Presence, they would never feel lonely again. I know every thought before you think it, every word before you speak it. My Presence impinges on your innermost being. Can you see the absurdity of trying to hide anything from Me? You can easily deceive other people, and even yourself; but I read you like an open, large print book. Deep within themselves, most people have some awareness of My imminent Presence. Many people
run from Me and vehemently deny My existence, because My closeness terrifies them. But My own children have nothing to fear, for I have cleansed them by My blood and clothed them in My righteousness. Be blessed by My intimate nearness. Since I live in you, let Me also live through you, shining My Light into the darkness.
O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.
PSALM 139 : 1 – 4
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.
EPHESIANS 2 : 13
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 CORINTHIANS 5 : 21
Connect Through Commitment
The Bible says, “A friend loves at all times.” That means even when it’s inconvenient, when you don’t feel like it, even when the other person doesn’t deserve it, even at personal cost. That’s what real friendship is all about.
The Bible says in Proverbs 18:24 (NIV), “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” This means mere socializing can keep you from having deep relationships. You can be so busy making acquaintances that you never spend the time, energy and effort it takes to cultivate the deep, satisfying intimacy of a good friendship.
You don’t need a lot of friends to make it in this world but you do need a few good ones. One good friendship is better than ten thousand acquaintances. The acquaintances aren’t going to be there in the crisis. Friends will. And every important close connection begins with a commitment.
You need people in your life who will be courageous, considerate, constructive, candid, confidential and committed. But there is only one way you’re going to get people like this in your life: You have to be that kind of friend first.