Seeking God Day 11

haldenI really hate trains. In my hometown, I have to cross 3 tracks to get from the south side to the north side of town. 3 tracks! Depending on the time of day it is entirely possible and probable that I will encounter a train at every track. There are even days that as I watch the eastbound train that had originally brought down the train gates leave the station while a westbound train takes it’s place blocking the road I’m traveling on and increases my wait even longer. I hate trains.

When I’m waiting on a train I have two options. I can put my car in park and sit there knowing the train will eventually pass by. This option involves risk because so often the end of the train is blocked from my view by buildings or tall corn or trees, I don’t know how long it will last. My other option, of course, is to go around the train. This takes a little ingenuity and a commitment to the risk of failure. I mean, what if…what if…I decide to go around the train, take a detour and as soon as I turn my car around the end of the train comes and the gates go up. I will have lost the waiting game then and added extra minutes to my trip. Which is the better option? What should I do?

I encounter so many “trains” in my life, situations where I earnestly seek God’s guidance and yet I end up wondering what He wants me to do.

Oh Lord, if you would just make it clear which is the better option or what I should do, this would be so much easier!

Proverbs 3:21 “My son, preserve sound judgement and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble, when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.”

Sound judgement + discernment = (no fear)sweet sleep

The equation looks simple. I know it’s not yet writing out this equation simplifies something.

Sound judgement is the opposite of pride. Discernment is the ability to distinguish between truth and error, right and wrong; the good the better and the best. God promises to give us both if we seek Him, if we seek to follow His thinking.

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,¬†who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Asking God and following His thinking are two different things. I can not follow God’s thinking if I’m full of pride, it’s not possible. I need to continually be aware of the temptation to play the “God card.” If I’m not humble, I can skillfully use God as my excuse to follow my own wisdom.

Psalm 119:25 “I am your servant, give me discernment.”

I’m waiting at these flashing gates and I need to decide what is next. I am certain God will never leave and that He will always be in control. But to decide between the good, the better and the best? I need His wisdom for that.

Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will ask your paths straight.

Lord, show me your straight paths, grant me sweet sleep and conquer my fear. I am your servant, give me discernment. Amen

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