Do you find yourself struggling with a particular issue or situation in life? Have you considered turning to the Word of God for answers? The Bible lays out plenty of suggestions and rules to follow.
What does the Word of God say about our life? If you study the Bible, you can find a conclusion of sorts that comes down, but not at all limited, to these 6 aspects of life that we should consider when faced with any situation, according to the Word. The Word of God is our guide through all of life.
Even still, it is easy to go wrong, especially in our day to day choices in actions that we think are trivial. Few areas of life other than this, our small day to day choices, show a clearer sign of the frailty of human nature.
The will of God in these situations is to test first our judgment and then our whole being to the course of actions in which, of all the alternatives to what we are dealing with, He has marked out as best suited for us, and for His glory and the good of others through us.
This part is hard for many of us to grasp. The fact that just because the way our situation worked out against what we ultimately wanted is a bad thing in our eyes when compared to how we wanted it to go is the very thing we need to come to terms with to fully learn peace and goodness in our soul.
What is best for us, in our point of view, is not always what is the best course of action for the world as a whole. Truly understanding this in our heart and soul leads to clearer gratification and also character development. Unfortunately, this feeling can be quenched, and we can all too easily behave in a way which stops guidance from the Lord from getting through to us on these very issues, and making us realize that even what we think are minor decisions are actually very impactful.
It is worth interpreting the Word in a fashion that allows us to list some of the main pitfalls when it comes to subject matter such as this.
Here are 6 rules, according to the Word of God, that I feel we should follow when sorting through an issue and life in general:
# 1: The Unwillingness to Think Things Through
First up is the unwillingness to think things all the way through.
Let's be honest, this comes up in all of our lives. I truly believe in supernatural motivation from the Lord - it has happened many times in my own life personally - but it is also a bad thing to group this with our own personal fleshly desires that have nothing to do with living according to the Word of God. It is important to understand the Word of God through and through especially when it comes to our faith and day to day lives.
We can make a very dangerous mistake in thinking that certain thoughts are "from God", but actually decline to heed the biblical guidance that we need to consider in all of our day to day actions and choices.
If it doesn't align with the Word of God, the Bible, then you may need to re-think everything from the start with the Word of God at the forefront. God made us thinking beings, and He guides our minds. In His presence, we think things out - not otherwise. Consider this Scripture:
Deut 32:29 (KJV): O that they were wise ... that they would consider
No matter what decision we are faced with in life, especially tough ones, we need to think them out clearly with the Word of God from the jump. It may seem like something trivial, but consider the Word, and you will understand how it is not just you that is impacted by how something plays out entirely. Often times, we also go through a hard time, or something that seems bad, only to see it all work out in our favor and for the better of all things around us.
A common example is relationships - I've seen countless times how a relationship just doesn't work out for one reason or another, and one or both parties end up feeling very upset, thinking that their "life is over", only to later find a new relationship that is much better than the old one and lasts for the rest of their lives - all the more happier and prosperous together in the new relationship than they though possible, especially when things looked bleak.
#2 - Unwillingness to Think Ahead and Weigh the Long Term Results
Second, the unwillingness to think ahead and weigh the long-term consequences of our choices and alternative courses of action, considering the Word of God in all, is of high importance as well.
“Thinking ahead” is part of the divine rule of life. Often, we can see what is the wise and correct decision, as well as what is foolish and wrong, only when we sit and dwell on it's long-term issues. Sure, there is a such thing as over thinking a situation when it causes you to become sleepless, stressed, and scatter-brained, but it is very important to think things all the way through logically and consider the overall impact on other people and other facets of life as a whole, and what the long term consequences might be.
Deuteronomy 32:29 (KJV): O that they were wise . . . that they would consider their latter end!
#3 - Unwillingness to Accept Advice (and act on it!)
The Bible makes this point very clear - we need to consider advice when it is given to us, and follow through with it if it is good advice! Often, we cannot see things that we are troubled with from a different perspective. Someone else viewing your situation has the benefit of it "not being their problem", so they can often give advice that you may not have even considered when you are right in the thick of it all. Don't be afraid to reach out for advice either!
Proverbs 12:15 (ESV): The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
Often, it is a strong sign of our own conceitedness and immaturity to avoid taking advice in a major decision. Take heed and consider this - there will always be people who know the Bible, human nature and our own gifts and limitations better than we do. Even if we cannot finally accept their advice, alot of good will come to us from at least carefully considering what they have to say.
#4 - Unwillingness to Check Ourselves
Let's be honest - we dislike being realistic with ourselves at times - we can recognize rationalizations in others yet easily overlook them in ourselves, thinking that we "have it more under control than they do".
“Feelings” with an ego-boosting or self-indulging basis must be detected and discredited, and not mistaken for guidance.
This is particularly true of sexually conditioned feelings. As biologist & theologian O. R. Barclay has written in "Guidance", on pages 29-30: The joy and general sense of well-being that often (but not always) goes with being “in love” can easily silence conscience and inhibit critical thinking. How often people say that they “feel led” to get married (and probably they will say “the Lord has so clearly guided”), when all they are really describing is a particularly novel state of endocrine balance which makes them feel extremely sanguine and happy.
We need to ask ourselves why we “feel” a particular course of action to be correct, and to make ourselves give reasons, and consider it to the Word of God - and we shall be wise to lay the case before someone else whose judgment we trust, to give a verdict on our reasons as well.
We need also to keep praying, and consider this Psalm:
Pslam 139:23-24 (KJV): Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
God is certainly in control of your life. Pray and consider the commands in the Bible over your decisions, and He will not let you down.
#5 - Inability to Consider Personal Magnetism and Test All to the Word
When we are not aware of possible pride and self-deception in ourselves, it is difficult to detect these things in others, especially if we don't test things to the Word of God. This harkens back to the prior point about advice - we cannot give, nor receive, good advice if we cannot recognize good and bad advice to begin with.
Occasionally, this makes it possible for well-meaning people with a flair for self-dramatization to gain an alarming amount of influence over the minds and decisions of others, who fall "under their spell", so to speak, and don't judge them by ordinary standards.
And even when a gifted and charming person is aware of these dangers and tries to avoid them, he is not always able to stop people from treating him as a prophet of sorts, construing his words as guidance for themselves and blindly following his lead. This is not the way to be led by God. Outstanding people are not necessarily wrong, but they are not necessarily correct, either!
The point is to test everything to the Word, including their views, and avoid idolizing other humans.
1 Thessalonians 5:21: Test everything. Hold on to the good.
#6 - Being Impatient
The sixth and final point in this article is our unwillingness to wait, especially when it is something we really want.
“Wait on the Lord” is a constant command in the Psalms, and it is necessary advice because God often keeps us waiting. He is not in such a hurry as we are, and it is not His way to give more light on the future than we need for action in the present, or to guide us more than one step at a time. When in doubt, do nothing, but continue to wait on God, have faith, and pray. When action is needed, light will come.