Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. (Psalm 25:4)
We face decisions every day. Sometimes they’re easy, but other times they’re complicated and potentially life-altering. Consider these scenarios:
- We might feel more-than-frustrated with our job but it offers financial security. Should we stay there even though it sucks the joy outta us, or should we quit and find something that revitalizes us?
- We might be alone after losing our spouse to death or divorce. In time we develop a relationship with someone special. Should we marry again?
- We might want to develop our skills or pursue our passion. Training costs money. Should we invest, or should we let it go and forever second-guess ourselves?
- We know that a friend is involved in sinful behavior. Should we risk our relationship and confront her? Or should we keep quiet and pray for God to get her attention?
Sometimes we allow the fear of making the wrong decision to paralyze us. I know someone who remained in the same career for 30 years even though her giftings were in other places. She repeatedly expressed frustration and even eyed other possibilities, but she couldn’t bring herself to change because fear of insecurity loomed so large.
Those who walk in right relationship with God need not be afraid of making the wrong decision. Scripture is clear—God leads us. But there’s a catch: we need to have a teachable heart.
Psalm 25:8-10 says, “The LORD is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenant and obey his commands.” (emphasis mine)
A humble heart—one that admits its need for God—is imperative. If we figure we can do life on our own, He’ll let us try and fail. But when we admit we need His wisdom and guidance, He will answer. He will prove His faithfulness to us as we lean on and obey Him.
God leads the humble. Let’s admit our need for Him and then trust Him to guide us when we face decisions. He is good and does what is right. His unfailing love and faithfulness assure that He will keep us heading the right direction.
Question: Has God used a specific Scripture to guide you? If so, what was it?