I am always amazed at the way God leads. Most of his leadership is only discovered in hindsight. It’s like I can’t see how the pieces come together until God puts them together.
Sometimes it seems like God is leading. Other times it seems like I am making decisions. Sometimes God wants you to make a decision just to use later and find out that it is his leadership. It can be so confusing sometimes.
I used to think that God always lead somebody in a linear path. I thought his direction was always obvious. I thought God lead by telling you to go to point A. then head to point B. then make your way to C. The truth is, sometimes you see no points, but God still wants you to have priorities.
Last week I shared about Joseph and the dream he was chasing unbeknownst to him and mixed with his unwillingness. Things seemed to happen out of nowhere. He went from having a dream to being locked in prison. His story is all found in Genesis 37-50.
None of God’s leadership seemed very direct, nor did it seem linear on the surface, but it was still His leadership. Maybe our thinking about God’s leadership needs some recalibrating.
There is one flagship verse for me in seeing God’s leadership that has helped over the years of walking with God. The verse is the first half of 1 Thess. 4:3 which says, “For this is the will of God, your sanctification….” The next half and following verses show what that sanctification looks like.
Decisions are important in life, but only important as a vehicle in your sanctification, your becoming more like HIm. In this process we are becoming more free, more loving, more, honoring, all the things that Jesus is, God wants you to be. That is the best possible outcome for you, not so much the results of your decision.
The good news is that, ” And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)
Life is full of decisions. You make them all day and every day. Every day is full of sanctification as well. Every day is one more step in the direction of freedom since Christ already came down and came to you and now lives inside of you for those that believe in Him and submit to his leadership.
All this decision making seems arbitrary, but in the hands of the one who is sovereign over all human decisions, it is used for good. Every decision is guided by a good God who is preparing you to fully step into his goodness one day, where no sin exists, and there are no limitations to seeing him.
Article by Chase O'Dell - Founder of Bridgeway Ministries