Lutheran Student Fellowship
How does a Christian discover God's plan for his life?
How do we receive God's direction for important decisions? Sometimes
we just need practical wisdom for an unexpected situation.
Last month we discussed
the first and most important source of God's guidance -- the Bible.
The Bible gives us vital counsel for moral decisions and for practical dilemmas.
When we follow that counsel, we receive its benefits. But when we reject
that counsel, we experience painful consequences.
In one respect, the Bible is like an automobile owner's
manual. The owner's manual tells you how to get the best, longest service
from your car. If we reject the car maker's advice, we can wreck the
car or shorten its life. Our Maker, God, also has an owner's manual
-- the Bible. When we follow His advice, we can experience the best
life that God has planned for us. Rejecting His advice can ruin or even
shorten our lives.
But what can we do if we don't know what the Bible says
about our issue? Or how can we get God's advice if the situation we
face is not in the Bible? The Bible recommends that we seek the counsel
of mature Godly friends:
"For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisors make victory sure."Proverbs 15:22
"Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed."
This does NOT mean that we should look for someone who
will agree with our decision. We need advisers who are mature, wise,
experienced, and most important, they know God and His Word. We need
advisers who love us enough to tell us the truth, even when the truth hurts.
The Bible says, "He who walks
with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm." (Proverbs 13:20)
When my wife and I were in the process of buying our first
house, we found one that looked good and was affordable. But because
we never bought a home before, we asked an older Christian friend, an experienced
home buyer/owner to look at the house before we signed any papers.
The Realtor met the three of us back at the house and showed it to my friend.
By the end of his tour, my friend convinced us not to buy it, and he also
convinced the Realtor that she shouldn't sell it to us! The house had
more problems than our young eyes could see. The house that God
had waiting for us was much better than that one.
Sadly, not all stories end well. I know one man whose
life is one bad decision after another. In his family life and in his
finances, he always takes the easy route. His decisions have led to
a heap of problems. But he cannot see the connection between his decisions
and his problems. He blames God. One day, in desperation, he
came to me for my advice. After he told me about all his woes, he asked,
"What should I do?"
I didn't need to answer that, since we had discussed (and
he had rejected) Biblical principles many times before. So I just turned
his question back to him: "What is the right thing to do?"
He rolled his eyes and said, "Yeah, I know, but that won't
work. I need to be practical."
I asked him, "How do you know it won't work? You
never tried it!"
We will examine more that the Bible has more to say about
this subject next month.
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