A few Sundays ago, one of our teaching pastors shared a message from Proverbs 16. Many people in the room probably felt like it was for them, but I left that sermon knowing it was for me.
I have spent the past week reading this chapter over and over – praying, asking God to reveal to me what He wants me to see. And while I know this isn’t for everyone, it has given me courage and energy to keep moving forward and I hope by sharing, you find courage to keep moving forward as well.
I have gone to this chapter trying to find answers to two questions:
- How do I live into the life that God is calling me to live?
- What do I do next?
The chapter starts out pretty clear from the get-go: humans are planners, but God has the final say. It doesn’t say human plans are bad or inherently foolish, but that our plans are simply not the last word on how it goes down.
So, all I need to do is commit my work to the Lord and my plans will be established (v 3)? Sounds simple enough, right? Yeah! …Except I am painfully aware of how my selfishness and pride get in the way of committing my work to the Lord.
So, how do I know I am truly committing my work to the Lord? Or that my plans are in line with God’s plan for my life? How do I know that I am not making up a story, lying to myself about my motivations?
Well, I don’t know for certain. But I have faith that as I seek the Lord, He will guide my direction.
Once I muster up the courage to act on this faith, I start moving. When I see an opportunity, I move towards it, believing He will open and close doors to guide my way (v 33).
What does all this really mean to me? Seek the Lord and start moving. Be sensitive to where God is leading you, but don’t be paralyzed by uncertainty. Start moving, step out, and have faith God will guide your way.
photo credit: Step Out | Street Patterns | Hat Yai Street 2014