July 3, 2016
John 16:1 & 7-16
Jesus prepared His disciples for the time of His departure from His earthly ministry. One of the things He wanted them to know was that they would need to learn how to make important decisions in life. Often times, important decisions that we make have a greater impact than we realize. There are people whom we love involved as well as things that matter to us and others as well. Jesus assured His followers that that He would not leave them without help. He said He would send them the Counselor, (v7) the Holy Spirit to guide them in the decision making process.
1 God’s Plan
God has a plan for each of our lives and is very much involved in our every decision. In light of this how should we go about making proper decisions? The Lord has our interests at heart every moment of our lives. There is never a time when He does not care about us or long for us to have the best in life. This is why He has promised to show us the path of life. The Word says, “You will show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” (Psalm 16:11) God also promises to instruct us and teach us through life. (Psalm 32:8) God has a plan and is ready to guide us through life.
How has God given guidance in your life?
What keeps you from knowing and following His plan for you?
2 God’s Perspective
One writer said that God has a great advantage in life because He has a “helicopter view” above all things. It is like watching a parade. We can only see the things in the parade that are in front of our limited view but God is able to see the beginning, the middle, and the end of the parade. Why, then, would we not ask the Lord to give us guidance in the major decisions as well as our daily decisions? Remember His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. His view of things is far greater than ours and we have the privilege of communicating with Him daily in order to get a better perspective on the things with which we are dealing. Have you noticed that people see things differently? What is important to me is to know how God see things and what He says about the matter.
Do you seek to know God more and more in your life?
I often find that spending time with God brings great insight and encouragement to my life.
3 The Process
Do you prayerfully submit to God the choices you face? Do you rejoice in the fact that He has given you His Holy Spirit as a pilot in your search for guidance? Charles Stanley says many of us navigate without first checking with our pilot, proceeding as if our personal philosophy holds that it is better to ask for forgiveness than permission. It seems that I have heard this saying before somewhere around the HCC arena of life.
Dear God, thank You for your Holy Spirit, who provides guidance for my way and gives me wisdom for making decisions!