Pizza or chips? Neighbors or Home and Away? The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? We live in an ever-growing world of choices. We can take eons of time scrolling through our iPods to decide which song to play, flick through endless satellite TV channels, and can choose from a vast array of movies to watch from on-demand streaming services.
But the problem magnifies when it comes to things that matter, such as jobs, relationships, and choosing a church to serve in. As Christians we can sometimes think that God has created a maze for us in which we must somehow work our way out of to find out what His will is for us. What job should we do? Who should we marry? Where should we live? This type of thinking makes God out to be a sneaky God.
The Bible, however, describes God’s will in two ways: what He has revealed to us (how He wants us to obey Him) and what He has not revealed to us (His sovereign control over all things that pass, also know as His sovereign will). Deuteronomy 29:29 encapsulates both of these wills of God: “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
Free choice has generally led to a lack of commitment in our generation. We feel out our options not wishing to take the plunge of commitment. Now, it is important to take our choices seriously, we shouldn’t just take whichever job comes first or marry anyone just because they’re available. But we must not be so afraid of commitment that we end up not making any choice at all.
Most of all, we must put our trust in God. We must trust that God loves us and sent His Son to die on a cross for us, bringing us into a relationship with Him. As we exercise wisdom and sound judgment in our decision-making, we trust that God is sovereignly working out all things for our good (Romans 8:28).
Written By Sean Tong for YMI