We leave the church building inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement each Sunday … and somewhere along the course of the week, often we find ourselves in need of a little bit of something to help us through.

Welcome to Extra Strength: a mid-week pick-you-up for the soul. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for extra encouragement and challenge. 

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Ask It: Based on Current Circumstances, What is the Wise Decision {Sunday, January 25, 2015}

By Hyacynth Worth

If it’s not one decision it’s another.

Maybe it’s the season of life we’re in, maybe it’s our special circumstances of international adoption or maybe it’s just  … life, but we have found ourselves in the midst of making rather important decisions on a weekly basis for the past few months especially.

See, we just keep getting these life curve balls thrown in our direction, and it keeps making us ponder the question — what on Earth is the wise thing to do here?

If I’m being honest, as I ponder this question, I have to say that sometimes the right thing actually seems unwise at first glance. Sometimes, at first look, it seems downright foolishness.

Take Abraham for example. God instructed him to take Issac, the son for whom he waited so very long, to the sacrificing table.

Or Moses. God told him to go to Pharaoh and ask Pharaoh to release the Israelites.

Or Gideon. God told Gideon he had to continually dwindle his number of fighting men to battle a rather large and rather ominous enemy army.

At first look, it all looks like foolishness.

Why would Abraham sacrifice Issac on an altar when Issac was the long-sought after heir?

Why would Moses, an alien who had been fled from Egypt many years prior, think he could walk up to the most powerful Pharaoh and ask for the Israelites to be freed?

And why would Gideon think that God dwindling his numbers to go fight a large army would work out for his people’s benefit?

Simple.

Because God was the One doing the orchestrating; God was the One behind these outrageous requests.

This morning after my normal quiet time, my oldest son requested I stay out of the kitchen for five more minutes. In my copious amount of free time, I went into another room and thought I’d check into Facebook. But then I saw my Bible sitting nearby, and for some reason I just felt the need to open the pages. I turned right to a verse in Psalm 9, specifically verse 10.

“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” Psalm 9:10

And it made everything clear.

The decisions with which I’ve been wrestling, the whys behind Abraham, Moses and Gideon’s stories, the “wise” thing to do is all the same thing in every circumstance; it’s all clear: seek the Lord, and trust Him.

Pastor Bryan Bicket summed up this very idea Sunday during his message by suggesting that the most wise thing we can do in any circumstance is first submit our very lives to the Lord … and then submit to Him our every circumstance.

We can trust that God will “course correct us,” as my mentor says, if we are whole-heartedly following after Him.

We don’t have to make the perfect decisions if we’re intentionally seeking Him in what we do because seeking Him is the perfect decision. We don’t have to question if the very decision we’ve been lead to while seeking the Lord is wise because seeking the Lord first is the wisest decision.

He’ll continue to guide us if we continue to seek Him.

So this week, as I ponder the humanly “unwise” things I’ve been called to go forth do, I’m trying to remember I’m actually making the wisest decision of all — I’m trusting in the One who’s leading, the One I’m seeking and remembering it’s the wisest decision any of us could make.

headshotHyacynth Worth is beloved to God, wife to John, mom to two boys and author of Undercover Mother. She also works as the Online Communications Coordinator for Immanuel Church.

 


 

Be Challenged: 

  • Seek the Lord in prayer this week and submit your circumstances to Him. Ask Him to help you do what He’d have you do.

Go Deeper:

  • Answer the questions in the Conversation Starter of your Immanuel Life with a friend, spouse or small group.

One thought on “Extra Strength: The Wisest Decision You Could Make {Hyacynth}

  1. Amen Hyacynth. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

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