Proverbs 3:6 (AMP) In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.
Recently in church, a friend asked me to pray for him. He wanted to have more confidence in his decisions and to know God's will in some important matters. So how do we know God's will in our choices and gain the confidence we need to run with them?
The story is about Elijah, a prophet in the Old Testament. There had been a drought in the land and food was scarce. God provided Elijah with food and water alongside a creek. Eventually the creek dried up and the Bible tells us in 1 Kings 17:9, 10 (NKJV), The Lord said to Elijah, ""Arise, go to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and dwell there. See, I have commanded a widow there to provide for you." So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks."
Take notice that God told Elijah, "I have commanded a widow to provide for you." This is past tense. The Bible goes on to say Elijah asked her for some bread (v. 11). "So she said, "As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die"
(v. 12). Apparently, she did not know the Lord had commanded her. She did end up providing Elijah with food and received a huge blessing in return.
I have learned that the voice of God can be so subtle; I cannot always tell
whether it is His voice or my own thoughts I hear. Looking to my past, I
realize every worthwhile Idea I have ever had was His idea, even though I often
never heard a voice. I realize by continually acknowledging His presence in my
life, my decisions always work. Romans 8:28 says, "All things work
together for good to those who love God." Our passage at the top says,
"He will make straight your paths." I believe even when I mess up; he
still makes my crooked paths straight.
I ask God about everything. Sometimes I get a clear answer, sometimes I do not. If I do not know the answer, I choose what seems to make sense to me. I never have to worry about making a wrong choice!