By Katie Gibson
Studies show the average adult makes approximately 35,000 conscious decisions per day.
I’m pretty sure we moms are responsible for that sizeable average. From the moment our phones light up, catapulting us out of our exhaustion-induced coma, they line up…
Some decisions are small:
Hair up, or down?
What should I make for dinner?
More coffee, or nap? (Glances at to-do list and grabs a mug…)
Others? Not so much.
Should I go back to school?
Which preschool is best for my child?
Which church is best for our family?
These are the kinds that make me want to hide under a blanket.
“What if you make the wrong decision?”, Fear screams at me.
During our recent house-hunt, I faced this on an unprecedented level. What if we choose the wrong house?, I agonized.
About that time I was working my way through the book of Joshua, in the Old Testament, and came across a seemingly simple story that made a surprising statement.
In Joshua, chapter 9, we find the Israelites have finally arrived at the Promised Land. Now, God had made it very clear to them, beforehand, that they were to clear out any and ALL who were already living in the Land, and so they began.
The cunning Gibeonites heard caught wind of these conquests and, fearing for their lives, decided to trick the Israelites into making a peace treaty with them.
They donned worn-out sacks and gathered old wineskins; put on their dirtiest clothes and packed some old bread. They hiked the short distance to the Israelite camp, but when asked where they were from, they lied that they were from a faraway place, then continued to woo the Israelites with their flattery (vs. 9).
To the Israelites, it made sense. Worn-out sacks, old wineskins, dirty clothes and moldy bread—everything lined up.
But here’s the kicker: “So the Israelites examined their food, but they did not consult the Lord. Then Joshua made a peace treaty with them and guaranteed their safety… Three days after making the treaty, they learned that these people actually lived nearby!”
Duped! The Israelites then, keeping their word, had to settle for less than God desired for them, allowing the Gibeonites to remain in the Land.
Did you catch the key statement in those verses?
They did not consult the Lord.
Friend, I think that too often we place too much importance on our own senses.
That decision you’ve been leaning towards might “make sense” to you, but it’s important to remember that we serve the God who holds the universe and knows the ins and outs of every created thing. He sees the entire scope of our life, from beginning to end, and He, alone, knows best.
Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
No matter what decision you are facing today, remember, God does not give us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7), but He does give us 24/7 access to His throne where we can take our every concern, every question, every desire and every decision before a loving and omniscient Father.
Today, as we go about making our 35,000 decisions, let’s remember above all else to seek God’s Word, God’s way, God’s wisdom.
Word of the Day:
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Father, all of life’s decisions can be so overwhelming and so paralyzing. I want to make decisions that honor you and lead to your best path for my family. Help me to place no confidence in my own, limited knowledge, and to rely on your unlimited wisdom and understanding. Lead me in your Word, your way, and your wisdom. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.