Monday, April 7, 2014

Can I Use a Life Line? : Seeking God

I loved the game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?". I am a total game show junkie. I loved this game show because you didn't have to rely on your own smarts. You could use a life line and ask for help from a variety of different people. In the original show you had three life lines: 50/50- this option would take away two of the wrong answers (leaving the right answer and one wrong), then there was the "Ask the Audience"-the audience was polled and you were given the stats. Finally, there was "Phone a Friend"- if you used this life line you could phone a friend that may know about the question at hand. 

Many of us play this game in our own lives. Although, we aren't playing for the chance to win a million dollars, we are playing the game in hopes to find answers to big decision.   When faced with a big decision it is easy to cut out a few options, but then we are faced with some options that are difficult to decide on. This is when we reach out to our friends for advice or ask a group of people what they think or what they would do. These are all great ways to eventually get to your "final answer" but there is one life line that matters most. It is the one that will guide you to the best answer. This life line is the top dog of all your phone a you need another hint? This life line is always there. You can call on this life line 24/7. You can use this life line more than once. This life line is GOD...did you get it? Ding ding ding! You win! 

This is a super cheesy way to think about turning to God when seeking wisdom about a big decision, but it is something I think about often. He is my life line. Advice from Godly counsel is great too, but listening to the Holy Spirit is the way to go. It is hard sometimes though. You hear the chatter from the outside and that starts to influence your decision. It is easy to get distracted. But, when you are in communication with God and you are seeking Him first the answer will be a little more clear. Is it always black and white? No, I think God wants us to not lean on our own understanding but to take that leap of faith. It is hard, for me personally, to do this. Sometimes I have a hard time discerning if it is God's leading or my own. My flesh can get in the way. Fear gets in the way. 

I currently have to make a huge life decision. One that will effect my family. Ultimately, it will be a great decision, but it is a scary one to make. This is when I wish I could call God directly and hear his voice. But, I know He wants me to use this as a time to trust Him. He wants me to grow. If every question you had in life was answered immediately, you would never grow. Without faith there is a lack of love and trust. 

I was searching for verses on seeking God. As you can imagine, there are quite a few! One that caught my heart was: 

Psalm 27:14
          14 Wait for the Lord;Be strong and let your heart take courage;Yes, wait for the Lord.

Waiting...ahhhh yes...not my strong suit. Dr. Charles Stanley says it best when he wrote: 

 Waiting. God promises that He acts on our behalf when we wait for Him (Is. 64:4). If we run ahead of Him and try to fix things on our own or manipulate circumstances, we will most certainly be disappointed. However, if we wait on the Lord, then our sovereign, divine, omnipotent God will act on our behalf. It’s our choice.

So, in the end seeking God in my decisions will lead to the best answer...the final answer. I need to remember to be free of anything that will hold me back from seeking God. I need to remember to pray, seeking Him daily. Also, I need to remember that I can ask Him for help. That I don't have to do it all on my own. When I try it my way I end up worrying way too much and wasting time. 

I am rambling...but I am working on this myself. Like I mentioned before I wish I could hear God's voice saying: "Summer, this is my final answer..." Although, His voice is not audible in so many ways it is very clear. After I make a decision, one that I have be in conversation with God about, there is a peace. That peace is confirmation. Sometimes we may not see the fruit of our obedience until years later...sometimes instantly. No matter what with God you are a winner(yes I went there)!  

Oh and one last thing! Don't second guess your decision! It is easy to fall into that trap after you have prayed about your decision and after God has given you that peace. Satan loves to make you think you made the wrong decision...don't let him win!