We face decisions every day in life. Some are big (what do I want to study in college?) and some are small (what should I wear today?). But all the decisions we make, big or small, impact our lives. As Christians, however, the process of making decision goes beyond what we want to do.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
A lot of times, the decisions we make are based on what the world tells us to do. Let’s take a small choice: You’re going out with a few friends, and you need to find something to wear. The world tells us that it’s okay to wear certain outfits that go completely against what God said is acceptable to wear. So you have to choose: God’s will or the world’s? To wear something modest or something supposedly “cool”? And how will this decision impact your life?
Now, you may say I’m making a big deal out of something small. But when we start choosing what the world says over God’s will, even with “small” decisions, this pattern will carry over to the big decisions.
So why, exactly, do we want to follow God’s will? Well, I use this verse all the time, but that’s because it carries such a promise. It’s Jeremiah 29:11:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
Once again, why do we follow God’s will? Because he wants what’s best for us. Do you think the world cares about you like that? No! God is active in our lives. He loves you and wants you to have a bright future. So when you aren’t sure what to do next, ask God! Let His will guide you throughout your life.
A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)