|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “God’s guidance”
Our Bible verse for today: “Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Don’t make it more complicated than it has to be.”
Some years ago I was counseling a young man who was struggling to find his way in life. He was a good Christian man who had been raised in a Christian home. He was smart, talented in numerous areas, and he had an engaging personality. He said that for his entire life up to that point he had assumed that God had some spectacular plan for him, something that involved one of his talents and something that would result in great success. Unfortunately, after several years of searching and trial and error, he had had no success, and he had no vision for what direction his life was supposed to take.
I suggested that perhaps his assumption that God was directing him to do some spectacular thing was incorrect. Although God does sometimes prepare a person for a high profile life of success and even stardom, usually that’s not the case. The vast majority of Christians live an ordinary life of jobs, homes, marriages, children, and service through their local church. I suggested that perhaps he simply needed to select a town he liked, get a job, settle down, meet a woman, get married, have children, and use his talents to serve through his church – just a plain and simple life.
This is the point the Old Testament prophet Micah was making in Micah 6:8. For the most part, God just wants us to settle-down and settle-in. Just make a life, live it well, and live it in a manner that honors Him. That’s the big picture, the overall structure of our lives. Without those boundaries there are lots of different choices we are free to make, as long as we adhere to the basic criteria of living a life that honors Him and blesses others.
Many times when we’re seeking God’s guidance we’re looking for a grand vision or for very specific guidance, and sometimes that is needed, especially when it comes to major life decisions. Other devotionals in this series have addressed that issue. But more often God wants us to use our own good judgment, and our spiritual maturity, to make our own choices about things. As long as you stay within the boundaries of the basic criteria of a life that honors Him in how it is lived, you are good to go.
Don’t make this harder than it needs to be. Don’t complicate things unnecessarily. If God wants you to have specific instructions for a special purpose, He will tell you so. But for the most part: “Act justly, love faithfulness, and walk humbly with your God”. Then get on with life.