“Howbeit in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that He might know all that was in his heart.” – 2 Chronicles 32:31
God has always been interested in the decisions of man. Even in the naming of animals, God was there. He watched to see what Adam would name the animals. And what he named them, they became.
The decisions you make in your everyday life has an impact in your relationship with God, and has effect in what you get out of the relationship.
Adam, by naming the animals gave them their characteristics. He defined the animals; what they became is the result of the naming.
“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what He would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.” – Genesis 2:19
Destinies are locked in names, and so the creatures became what Adam said they were; he decided what the creatures would be. You can say that Adam gave them their destinies.
God came to see what he would call them. He was interested and has always been interested in man’s decisions.
God is interested in your decisions.
They would either glorify God, or bring dishonour to His name. And because God is jealous over His name, every decisions of man attracts Him. Nothing on earth escapes His attention.
When the sons of men made the decision to build the Tower of Babel God was not only interested, He came down to see what they built. Any decision whatsoever that is not in line with His plan and purpose, gets frustrated.
Isaiah said He frustrates the token of liars and He makes diviners mad.
“That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish.” – Isaiah 44:25
A Lie is anything that is not sourced from or agrees with God. That is why Jesus called Satan the father of lies; the source of lies and rebellion.
Whatever is not in the plan of God shall not stand. At best it stands for a short while then fades away. Only the plan; the counsel of the Lord that shall stand the test of time.
Decisions are to be made based on the counsel of the Lord.
“In ALL thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:6 (Emphasis added)
“All”, not some, not many but all our ways; which includes our decisions, should be directed by the Lord. Every decision taken should be founded on the direction of the Lord.
Elijah echoed the voice of God when he challenged the people to take a stand.
“And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.” – 1 Kings 18:21
On what do you stand to make decisions? On the ways of men or on the way of God?
What decision are you about to make? God is interested, and watching!
Our decisions are determined by the information available to us: what we read from books and magazines, what we hear on television and radio; but mostly from what we hear through counsel or advice.
The heart is like a pot placed on fire. In it goes all the condiments: pepper, meat, onion, fish etc. The aroma coming from the pot is the combination of all that entered the pot.
The decision coming from your heart is the mixture of all the information you fed it. Some mixtures produce clarity of mind, some produce confusion.
A good and experienced doctor will give you a wrong diagnosis if you feed him a wrong symptom. Your decisions are based on information available to you.
Some information are cheap! They don’t exact anything from you. The bible says “woe to them that are at ease in Zion.” Man wants the easy way. Whatever will not “stress” us is what we go for.
Beloved, nothing comes cheap! You want the best? Be ready to pay the price of it. Not as in “works” or as in monetary terms of exchange, but you have to prove your desire! Even Faith is “work”, for faith without works is dead! Work here is not in you striving to achieve but in striving to receive. (This is an issue for some other time.)
David said he would not give God what would cost him nothing. Your desire must be proved!
Most often, these cheap counsel or advice, these information that would not place a demand on us, are the ones we go for. They don’t ask us to “examine ourselves if we are still in the faith”, or that we should amend our ways, or that we “acquaint” ourselves with Him. No.
We believe nothing can be wrong with us. The trouble is with “them”! We don’t need to amend our ways, they should! So, we do not examine ourselves; a lie that we can’t be wrong.
Better counsel or advice are those that will cost you something; they will place a demand on you: your lifestyle, your manner of speech, your perspective and interpretation of situation, and your actions. Good and Godly counsel makes you look at yourself! The bible says commune with your own heart upon your bed.
Ask yourself questions, not necessarily on your bed but in the deep recess of your mind where no one or situation can disturb or influence. Are you in any way responsible for what is going on? Did you fuel the situation? Could it have been averted? What then can be done?
Good counsel starts from you! And it will drive you to your limit in upholding Truth and Honesty. Jesus decided His Apostles by first separating Himself.
In this deep self-search, the still-small voice would be heard telling you what to do.
“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” – Isaiah 30:21
Decisions based on the leading of the Lord would never go wrong. Let God lead you, even in decision making. People may think you a fool, Isaiah says even a fool on The Path would never err.
“…………..the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” – Isaiah 35:8
However, this still-small voice needs a heart filled with the Word of God. That is why you need to uproot and destroy “thorns” from your heart; they choke the Word and make it unproductive.
“Thorns” are ungodly words, spiritual weeds that if left to fill the heart, will produce death and decay.
The Word of God is life.
The more you fill your heart with His Word, the more “thorns” are destroyed from it. Filling your heart with the Word of God makes your heart alive and sensitive to hear the still-small voice and receiving directions that would become your decision.
Nineteen years in marriage and with all kind of storms, through joy and sadness, through pleasure and pain, good times and bad times, we keep getting better and stronger!
His counsel works!
What is your testimony?