Fork in the Road

Testing God’s Will

Fork in the Road
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.Romans 12:1-2
 
     Around water’sEDGE these days, there is a whole lot of trying to test God’s will going on. Maybe there is a level of fear that we might make a bad decision or two, as well. In the midst of seeking God’s direction, we can get worried that choosing one good road or another good road might, we might somehow miss the mark and God won’t be pleased and then we will be lousy Kingdom citizens and maybe God will be disappointed in us. I doubt it.
     Several years ago, when faced with some roads out ahead and the choice
of which to choose, Tonni and I spent a long time considering, praying, and listening. The Spirit spoke clearly on some possibilities, not so much so on other options. As time drew near for decision making, I was racking my brain and wringing my hands and wrestling quite a bit.  Then, a good friend and mentor just looked at me one day and said, “Do you really think that which direction you choose to go in service to the Kingdom is all that important to God?”
     Well, I did think so. My wiser brother in Christ went on to explain his question, suggesting something that freed me from much of the burden I had placed on myself in this process. God had not placed this burden, I had. My friend pointed out that our commitment to Christ and the Kingdom was all that mattered. Road A or Road A.1 were both fine options, and God knew where we were going already and He had already blessed whichever decision.
     I wondered how this could be. After all, aren’t we to be careful to follow exactly where God is leading? Of course, we are. But, what if God isn’t leading you to this place of discernment so that you make the right choice for the future? What if you have already made the proper decision simply by making yourself available, offering yourself to the Lord as a spiritual act of worship? What if He wants your humility in place of your commitment to your self-conceived notions of success and excellence?
     Just this morning, I read a blog from Relevant by Chandler Vannoy. Here is the link, if you want to read it all:
 
     I’ll share just a short passage of the author’s thoughts for our reflection-
 
     “Many times, we only think of God’s will for our life in regards to the future, but there’s so much more to it. No matter what your future plans are, God wants you to seek and glorify Him right now. Simply put, God’s will is your growth to be like Christ and glorify Him in all things.
     We need to do away with the idea that He wants us to go to Him in order to find out our future. Instead, God wants us to go to Him to be transformed in our heart and mind. God’s past, present, and future plans for your life have one constant: His glory. And if God has transformed our hearts, our decisions will be made with His glory in mind.”
 
     May God have His way among us, on the road before us, and in our every moment.