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The Dilemma of Decisions

Tell the priests who carry the ark of the covenant: "When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river."  Joshua 3:8 NIV

the dilemma of decisionsI heard the uncertainty in my friend’s voice and watched as she fidgeted with her napkin. “I just want to do the right thing,” she said, “—whatever God wants me to do.”

The dilemma of decisions.

As Christians, we all want to make the right decision—to do God’s will. But sometimes, knowing God’s will is difficult, especially when choosing between two good things.

I’ve often wished God would tell me what to do, send me an email with instructions, or show me a sign in the sky, but He never has. God doesn’t operate that way because we wouldn’t have to trust Him if He did.

“Wait a minute,” you say. “If God told me to do something, I’d do it. I trust Him.”

Well, maybe we would do something if God told us what to do, but that’s not trust. That’s obedience. Trust means doing something without knowing the outcome because we trust the person rather than the result. Trust is built on relationship.

That’s why the Israelites could cross the Jordan River and enter the Promised Land. God told Joshua to direct the priests who carried the ark of the covenant to go ahead of the people and step into the Jordan River so the people could cross. The water was at flood stage, which could have swept the priests away in a moment. The situation was uncertain, but they trusted God. Sure enough, the water stopped when they stepped into the river—but not a moment before.

That’s the way it is with trust. We must act before we see the result. The Enemy wants us to be paralyzed when we decide, afraid of missing God’s plan if we choose one path. But if no sin is involved and we truly seek God, we can move forward in trust. God’s will is more of a journey than a destination, and, often, we simply must walk to find it.

Thankfully, we have a God who is trustworthy. Even if we’re unsure of the situation, we can be sure of His sovereignty.

What’s stopping you from stepping into the water when making decisions?

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Glenda Durano

Glenda Durano finds herself fulfilling multiple roles every day: homemaker, education consultant, speaker, writer. Her ultimate desire, however, is not to be known for what she does, but rather for who she is: a child of God.