Recently, we bought a car.
I pointed at a car online and told my husband, “I should get the black one with these features.”
But, later, I decided, “No, it’s too expensive.”
A couple of hours later, I completely changed course, “Maybe that’s not a good type of car after all.”
I couldn’t make up my mind. Once I settled on something, I found another thing that was wrong about the car. I prayed to God to guide me, but this kept happening. Grr… I was being double-minded.
Like me, are you ever double-minded? Is it hard for you to make decisions? To stick to your word? To stand firm on what you decide? To not regret the choices you’ve made?
Maybe you go left, but then wish you went right. Or, commit and then reconsider things the next day. God’s Word has insight for those like us…
“If any of you lacks wisdom [to guide him through a decision or circumstance], he is to ask of [our benevolent] God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him. But he must ask [for wisdom] in faith, without doubting [God’s willingness to help], for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind. For such a person ought not to think or expect that he will receive anything [at all] from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].” (Jms. 1:5-8 AMP)
I am beginning to see: to doubt God’s wisdom is to block His provision.
I don’t want to do that! Underneath it all, I think I am afraid: I’ll be left with a lemon, disappointed or unhappy with my choice.
But, what is the worst-case scenario? What if this actually happens — I buy a lemon or a smelly car. Here, how do I handle things when I trusted wisdom I thought was from God?
In this sort of case, I can handle my perceived disappointment by thinking or saying:
– “This situation may turn-around and surprise me.”
– “I am getting braver, stronger and wiser through this.”
– “God will show me the way to go here.”
– “I may uncover unexpected joy or blessings as I trust God in this.”
– “There is a plan here. Maybe God has some unique plan, like — I return to the dealership and speak to someone about Jesus!”
– “My faith pleases God, even in the face of hard situations.”
Perspective is everything. Wisdom keeps asking, “God, what do you want me to know in my situation?”
And, then, it simply trusts, knowing that in His goodness, His benevolence, He has a very good plan, no matter how it looks.