Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the LORD, And your thoughts will be established.”
There are so many courses that our lives could go, the decisions we make can have long lasting ramifications. From decisions on money, careers, marriage, children, where to live, where to go to church, the ways seem endless on which direction we should go.
How do you make a decision and then go with it? What criteria do you use to finalize it and know that it is right?
What is your Source?
The path of life can seemingly take many turns, especially when you are a young adult. Life seems to come in rapid fire and decisions are hard to make when you feel like your future is hanging in the balance. The source of your decision making is a critical element in how you make those decisions. Whether it is a parent, friend, or counselor who is giving you feedback, what or who you rely on requires a measure of trust. Trust in that these people have your best interest in mind, trust that they have the wisdom to direct you well, and trust that their counsel is founded on good reason.
- What if that parent only wants to see you succeed financially but takes no consideration into what would bring the most fulfillment?
- What if that friend only gives you feedback that echos your own sentiment since they only “want you to be happy”.
- What if that guidance counselor is only using an algorithm that measures your likes and dislikes and funnels you into a career that fits your profile and not your calling?
The real question is not what brings the greatest amount of worldly success but what direction were you meant to go?
This question implies certain things.
- That God is Sovereign and has a plan for you already.
- That God knows you better than anyone and knows what fits you perfectly.
- That God is not swayed by anything other than what leads you to Him and what allows you to have the greatest impact on this world for righteousness.
- God is making you holy through the journey.
Proverbs 4:18 “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn That shines brighter and brighter until the full day.”
You see, God’s love is immeasurable by our standards. The best example we see of His love expressed was when Jesus came and gave His life upon the cross for us.
That love is sacrificial, pure, and undefiled. In essence, this is the love that He has called us to.
Does that look anything like personal fulfillment?
No it doesn’t. When we give our lives away to Him, we gain everything. Each job, relationship, or place of living becomes a fulfillment of His will, not just another step in climbing the ladder of success. There is purpose behind each move He leads you on, there is a plan, there is fulfillment in what you do because God is behind it.
“A man’s heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.”
Have you ever come to that point in your life when you thought to yourself, this is going nowhere! I meet a lot of people who have come to this conclusion and in many instances, it is true.
How do you know it is a “dead end”?
First, the process of learning how to make decisions is the same process you use for deciding if your path was correct.
- What fruit is coming from your decision? If the Lord is leading your steps He makes several promises as to what His leading looks like. He doesn’t promise the way will be easy, He promises that He will never leave you or forsake you. He promises that He will move mountains that stand in your way. He promises that He will go before you and protect your rear guard as well. He promises peace. He promises joy. He promises freedom.
Does your way look like this?
If it doesn’t, if at every turn there is another roadblock that requires you work twice as hard to get around it. If you have to sin to make your way through the path you have chosen, you can be guaranteed that the Lord is not in it.
You see, the fruit of righteousness is reflective of God’s character. When you walk in His path, His attributes shine forth. When you follow your own path, you reap the reward of the sinner.
Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, or set foot on the path of sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and who prospers in all he does.”
The moral law, a.k.a. the 10 commandments, is the path of the righteous. It serves as signposts along the way of life that instruct you in the way you should go. If you have to offend one of these commandments, you know that you are going off course.
Are the counselors in your life founding their instruction from this vantage point?
If they are not, no matter how much success they might have had or how much they love you, you need to look elsewhere.
All that matters in life is doing God’s will.
I cannot not stress this enough. We live very, very short lives, and then we die. We then have an eternity to reflect on the decisions we have made and the fruit we have produced from the opportunities those decisions provided.
The Lord leads you to produce fruit. If you are not producing it in the path you have chosen, you can be sure it is not of Him.
God knows the way that He leads you. This knowledge implies perfection, a perfection that He is intimately acquainted with.
If you want to walk in step with the Shepherd, you must learn how to be a sheep:
- This implies complete reliance on Him.
- This requires complete trust in His providence.
- This demands faithfulness in walking in step with His lead.
The Lord has laid before you the path of success. It doesn’t look like the worlds definition, it looks like Him.
Jesus was successful and His ministry didn’t end on a hill, dying upon a cross. Jesus arose from the grave victorious and He will reign forever with those who love Him and have trusted in Him.
Trust Him for your life and you will see true success.