Hey everyone, I hope everyone had a great week!
Since starting this blog, I have noticed how other bloggers post on a specific topic each week or once every month. So under my ‘Inspiration’ tab, I will have a series called “Sermon Notes,” where I talk about sermons that really spoke to me. And just like my pastor, I will try to make it relatable to everyone. So without further ado, here is my first post under the “Sermon Notes” series…
According to research, the average adult makes around 35,000 decisions each day. That seems like an exaggerated amount of decisions until you start going over your day. When the alarm — if we choose to set an alarm — goes off, we decide whether we will push the snooze button or get up. We’ll then decide if we should take a shower, a bath, or just freshen up. We’ll choose what to wear, what to eat, where to go, who to meet. But you see where I’m going…there is a lot of decisions we make in every day; and not just small decisions, but also life-changing decisions like jobs and marriage.
This weekend I was agonizing over a decision that I needed to make and didn’t know what I should do. I truly value the advice of friends and family, but they do not always know what is best for me. The One that knows what is best for me is God. So I opened up my Bible App and tried to find some passage to help me make a decision. I found some Bible verses and reading plans, but I was still unsure of what to do. Then at church, my quest for answers had ceased, because the pastor delivered a perfectly timed sermon.
The pastor read from two passages of scripture that talked about the importance of understanding God’s will.
Romans 12:1-2 “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.”
Ephesians 5:17 “Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
For us to know what decision we should make in any situation, we should first try to understand God’s will for us. “But isn’t that essentially what we are asking when we ask God for guidance?” Yes. “So how does this help us?” Check out the chart below.
|God Says Do||Commands||Permissible/Not Beneficial|
|God Says Don’t Do||Forbids||Not Permissible/Beneficial|
This chart helped me to look at situations differently and I think it will help you too. So, for instance, someone has lied about you and it almost cost you your job. What should you do? Okay, what do we know? We know that God calls us to forgive others (Matthew 6:14-15; Luke 11:4; Mark 11:25). We also know that God forbids us from retaliating against others (Romans 12:19; Leviticus 19:18; 1 Peter 2:23). In this situation, the best action would be to forgive that individual and not seek revenge. Although we were able to use the table for this situation, what about other situations like trying to decide if we should take a certain job or marry someone? We must ask:
- For wisdom
- Does it glorify God?
- Does it help others?
- What do you want?
Although God will give us His wisdom to make decisions in situations, He also gives us free will. I know I can take a long time making really big or life-altering decisions because I want to ensure I made the right decision. While I am not rushing into any decisions, taking too long to decide may make me miss opportunities too. So in summary, we should not turn God’s will (or seeking God’s will) into bondage in trying to make the right choices. Instead, we need to know that God’s will is a journey and God wants us to get closer to Him and not necessarily the “right” answers. One point that stuck with me from the sermon was when the pastor said, “your obedience in the known will reveal the unknown.”
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