Every day we face decisions… some of them seem big, others seem trivial. As Christians, on some of those decisions we feel the acute need to seek God’s guidance. On others, we are all too willing to just “wing it” – doing what seems to be expedient and right to us at the moment. And the sad fact is, that’s when we often get ourselves, as they say, “in a pickle!”
Don’t get me wrong, I’m the first to acknowledge that God expects us to use our heads! He did not give us brains as an unnecessary cranial accessory. He, however, expects our minds to be informed by Scriptural principles and to be renewed by His redemptive work and the power of the Holy Spirit. After all, the writer of Proverbs urged us to, “Trust in the Lord with all our heart, lean not on our own understanding, in all our ways to acknowledge Him and He would direct our steps.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Notice he did not say “don’t USE your understanding” – he simply said “don’t LEAN on it.” In other words we should submit our decision making to Biblical principles and God’s direction and sovereignty.
This morning I read a passage where an otherwise great king of Judah failed on two counts. The King of Babylon sent important officials to Hezekiah with a flattering letter and gifts after his recovery from a severe illness. It appealed to Hezekiah’s ego and it disarmed him. Flattered, in a moment of pride, “he showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oils, his armory, and all that was in his storehouses.”
The Lord revealed this serious error in judgment to Isaiah, who confronted Hezekiah. Isaiah confronted Hezekiah and predicted that this bad decision would result ultimately in the destruction of Jerusalem, the temple, and the exile! (Read Isaiah 39)
After reading this passage this morning I jotted a note to myself in the margin of my Bible. Here it is: “Don’t become inappropriately self-reliant! Don’t “hunch it” on important decisions! Seek the Lord’s guidance in all things and the counsel of trusted men or women of God!
Here’s an important verse of Scripture in that regard for us all: “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you! He will not rebuke you for asking.” (James 1:5 NLT) He does not say precisely how the wisdom and guidance will come. It may come through Biblically informed reasoning, the Godly counsel of wise friends, or in answer to sincere prayer… but It will come! God protect us from simply “winging it” on our own.