The Mustard Seed
Lutheran Student Fellowship
Thursday 3:30 pm
1st Sunday of each month
2:00 PM in the SUB Chapel
Everyone is welcome!
What is God's plan for your life? When you face difficult decisions,
how can you get God's direction? There is an effective source for God's
counsel which is applicable to our daily lives. Sadly, the popular
culture, in its race toward self-destruction, rejects divine wisdom as out-of-date
nonsense. The Bible speaks practical truth to every area of
life. We do well to heed its counsel. And we are fools to reject
However, there are times in which we face difficult decisions, when all available
choices are good, moral, and right, when there is no clear "right" or "wrong"
choice. What major should you choose? Should you live on campus
or off campus? Which car should you buy? There are no Bible
verses which give us direct answers to practical questions such as these.
Last month we looked at one important way God guides us through these kinds
of decisions -- the advice of mature Christians who live by God's
wisdom, who know us well, and who understand our circumstances. These
friends and advisors often can foresee problems that we naively overlook.
Often they recommend options which we have not considered. Their counsel
protects us from hidden dangers. They encourage us toward paths on
which our interests and talents can find expression in service to other people,
and in service to God.
A third way that God often answers our prayers for guidance is His
control of circumstances. My wife and I saw this during our
first house-shopping experience.
After a good friend steered us away from a bad deal, we finally found a house
that seemed like a good fit for us. This house was in good condition.
The neighborhood suited us well. We even had close friends living in
the same subdivision. The house had been up for sale for many months.
And the price was right. So, we agreed, "Let's buy this one."
We met with our Realtor to sign the papers to make an offer. We said
a prayer for God's guidance and blessing. Then we waited. At
the end of the day our Realtor called us back to report that we were too
late. The owner had received three offers on the house all on the same day,
and we were number three.
Were we disappointed? No. God obviously did not want us to have
that house. Maybe He wanted that house for some one else. Maybe
He was protecting us from a problem which we could not anticipate.
Maybe God had something better for us. The "why" question is not important.
We had asked God to guide us through the purchase of our first home.
We believe that He was doing exactly that. And in this situation, He
chose to use circumstances to guide us.
When we are unemployed and looking for a job, God will often answer our prayers
for guidance by "closing a door." When He does that, we should thank
Him, and then keep looking, keep "knocking" on other doors.
I must issue one caution here. When we are seeking God's guidance,
we must be very careful not to assume that circumstances always communicate
the will of God, especially when the circumstances seem to be leading us
to do something that violates God's moral law. I cannot count how many
times Christian people get into adulterous relationships, believing that
God had led them together. They were coworkers or neighbors, and they
fell in love. It appeared to them that the circumstances all point
to God's will -- in clear violation of His Commandment, "You must not commit
adultery." God's guidance in Scripture takes precedence over
all other indicators.
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