We all have choices to make in life and many tines those choices shape the way our lives turn out.
For many years I chased the dream of being a country singer. My band and I played all over the state of Texas and were one of the most sought-after groups at the time. We became so busy that it took us away form our family’s very weekend and many nights during the week for practice session.
The time came I had to make a choice, I had to decide if I wanted to chase stardom or if I wanted to be a dad and a husband. I know now that I made the right choice when I chose my family over the country-singing road, but at the time I was torn between the two. Even though I didn’t ever want to be away from my family, the allure of the fame was strong.
That’s what Satan is very good at. He will dangle the carrot of your choice in front of you and make it difficult for you to make the right choice. At the time, my carrot was the dream of being a country singer on the big stage and he knew I would struggle if it were presented to me.
Right now, there are many people struggling with carrier choices, school decisions, relation ships, and so much more. Choices must be made and those choices all have consequence attached to them. Choose the wrong carrier and be miserable, choose the wrong school and be disappointed, choose the wrong partner and your marriage fails.
So how do we know what to do and when to do it?
I have had many conversations about this mater with people from all walks of life. How do I know what God wants me to do? The answer is actually very simple, pray to God and ask Him. But, here is the hard part, you must wait on the answer and it doesn’t always come on your time frame, and it’s not always the one you would like to hear. However, you must be willing to wait, and you must listen with the intention of actually hearing form heaven at the appropriate time.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
There is such truth in this scripture. It is God who has the plan for your life and it is God who knows who, what, when, where, and why. This is the very reason we must approach him with the question of “what do you want me to do?”
Now here is the secret to making the right choice. When you hear from God through your circumstances, or through a trusted friend, or through a spiritual leader; you must hear what the Lord is saying. If he tells you to stop what your doing and do something else, you must simply do it. Sometimes we’ve jumped on the wrong track in life and we must leave it immediately or we tend to crash.
Trusting in the Lord is truly the only way you will ever be able to make choices that steer you in the right direction in life. Stop trying to figure out every turn on your own and open up your heart to what God is trying to show you. Who knows, you might end up being the next big thing God chooses to use in this world.
Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
God will always follow through with His end of the deal, why don’t you try holding up yours.
God bless and have a great week in the Lord.
Wade Phillips is a pastor and evangelist with 3in1 Ministries.