And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." Now after he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called us to preach the gospel to them (Acts 16:9-10 NKJV).
When is the last time you tried to find the answer to a difficult question?
My brother-in-law Ralph and I were talking about trying to find information the other day. It only took moments for us to both state that the first place we look anymore is on the Internet.
Wouldn't life be great if the answer to every question was easily found by just typing it into the computer and hitting the search button? Obviously, many things simply don't work that way. Some questions have answers that are too difficult to find. Some have no answer at all that will satisfy us.
Many, if not most, of our questions have to do with our lives and what decisions are the right ones for us and our families. We should ask, "What would be God's will for me in this question, choice, or decision with which we are faced?"
In my many years of struggling with this problem, I have come up with a general answer. Granted my solution may not work for you, but perhaps it's a place to start. OK, here is my solution.
Make the best decision with all of the information — spiritual and factual — you have or can gather, then forget about it and go on trusting the Lord to get you where you need to be!
Now you may be scratching your head and wondering what I am talking about, but I think that is a biblical approach. You are probably familiar with Paul's words, "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them" (Romans 8:28 NLT).
It all boils down to a matter of faith, doesn't it? There is no way that we as human beings can know everything in the world, much less in the universe or eternity. There is no way in which we can know how our decision will work out in our lives. We don't know what other things will happen in the next minute, next hour or even next year! So how in the world can we expect to know, with any absolute surety, that we are making the right decision?
If we look at life in that way, and understand who is really in control of our world, we will find that much of the pressure that comes with a decision is lifted off of us. This is called "walking by faith, not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7).
So, do you have a lot on your mind?
Are you worrying about things that you can't possibly know the outcome?
How about just deciding and doing the best you can, and then trust God to work it out to your good and his glorious purpose?