“Small decisions. Large decisions. Decisions everywhere! We make our choices, and they make us. Consequently, decision-making saps energy and creates anxiety. . . . Given the weightiness of choices, how can we make good ones? You will be encouraged by the promise of Scripture. We can be led by the Holy Spirit.”- Max Lucado
“But in your great mercy you did not abandon them to die in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud still led them forward by day, and the pillar of fire showed them the way through the night. You sent your good Spirit to instruct them, and you did not stop giving them manna from heaven or water for their thirst.”- Nehemiah 9:19-20 (NLT)
In Chapter 7 (“How to Hear from God”) of Help is Here, Max Lucado talks about a friend’s love of the Game of Life. As you spin your way along the path of life, various squares invite you to make fork-in-the-road decisions.
Similarly, according to God’s plan, life involves a series of decisions. For example, do I move or stay? Hold on or let go? However, Pastor Lucado underscores, God, our Good Shepherd:
- not only feeds us; He leads us
- does more than correct us; He directs us
- keeps us on track
- commissioned the Holy Spirit to guide us down the unending road of life
In conclusion, when the Israelites left the confines of Egypt, the Lord guided them via a pillar of cloud during the day. While a pillar of fire showed them the way at night. The blessing of a divine GPS. As a result, Max notes, this reduced the stress of decision-making to keeping an eye open toward heaven.
And the Holy Spirit continues to lead the children of God today. Just as He led the children of Israel in the wilderness – minus the manna. Because Jesus gave us this assurance:
“When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.”- John 16:13 (NIV)
Today’s question: What Bible verses calm the chaos when you face decisions everywhere? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Speaks first through the verse”