Discerning God’s Will

Posted by on September 21, 2015

“There are too many decisions.” Amy complained to her best friend. “I don’t think I can handle this.”

“What?” Sophie’s eyebrows lifted. “Getting a job or going to school?”

“Both!” Amy shoved her soft drink away and folded her arms. “And more. Where to live. Who to live with. Who should I date? What about marriage? Should we have kids or wait? Maybe we shouldn’t have any. Life’s so awful, I’d hate to foist it off on some innocent child.”

Sophie burst out laughing. “You sound so serious. You aren’t even dating right now.”

“I know, but I am serious.” Amy leaned forward with her arms on the café table. She hadn’t had a heart-to-heart with Sophie in far too long. Their lunch meetings were rare now that Sophie had found her dream job. Amy should be so lucky—or as Sophie would call it, blessed.

She looked into her friend’s eyes. “It’s hard, Sophie. Knowing what is right. How can I know the mind of Christ? How do I know His will for my life?”

“I think there are many things we’ll never understand, but God has not left us totally clueless.” Sophie’s brown eyes darkened as she appeared to think. “Of course, we need to study the Bible and never go against Jesus’ teachings.”

Amy shrugged. “That’s a given. What else?”

Sophie’s brows drew together. “How about example? Do some research and find out what has worked for others. Like my sister for instance. She married a man who went to church but didn’t really believe. She said thinking she could change him was the biggest mistake she’d ever made. She told me I’d better learn from her mistakes. That’s true for any decision you have to make. Ask around about jobs, schools, where to live, men you date, or any choice you face. Open your eyes and don’t step blindly into a situation. Maybe you can’t control everything in this life, but you can walk a lighted path.”

“That makes sense.” Amy stared at her hands now clasped on the table before her. “I worked in a fast food restaurant in high school. I would have to be desperate to try that again.” She looked up. “Not that it wasn’t an honorable job. It just wasn’t for me. I really hated to go to work, and was so glad when my shift ended. So my own experience sheds light on the path too. But what about facing the unknown? How can I know when it’s right to step out into an area where I’ve never been and there’s no one else to learn from?”

“We haven’t mentioned prayer.” A soft smile crossed Sophie’s face. “Where would we be without prayer and the leading of God’s Holy Spirit? If we don’t remain in an attitude of prayer, we won’t be close enough to hear Him. And really, I believe this is our most important guide to discernment.”

“Wow!” Amy lifted her soft drink in a sort of salute. “I’m in total agreement, and I don’t feel so lost and alone now like I did. Thank you for taking time to remind me of what I need to do. I think I’ll start with prayer and add the rest as I try to reason out all this jumble in my mind. Probably snap decisions aren’t wise either.”

“Probably not.” Sophie laughed before taking a drink from her cup.

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In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:6

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