All Is Not Lost

It’s not always clear which way to go.

0808_4wdweb_06_z+road_warning_sign+crazy_directionsYou may have it in your heart to do just the right thing, and sometimes it’s pretty straightforward. You have a few options, but one is clearly the right one. You’ve prayed, invited wisdom from others, and evaluated the decision on the basis of who you are and what God has called you to be. All feels certain.

If it were only that way all the time.

There are times when the are more options than answers. You pray over each one but don’t have a clear sense of one standing out over another. You invite wisdom from godly friends who each have some great points but don’t come to a consensus on one particular choice. You see how God can use each one as a way for you to express His love and hope to those around you.

In the waiting, you may wonder why you haven’t “heard from God.” You might have the tendency to cry out like the people of Israel in Isaiah 40.

27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?

“If there isn’t a clear response, then maybe God isn’t paying any attention to the situation,” you reason.

But, that doesn’t fit with Who you know God to be – the only true Creator, Protector and Provider.

28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.

God is faithful. Always.

He is present with you in the midst of your transition. You may tire of the process, but God never does. It’s in the process that He is moving and working – though you may not see it now…or possibly ever.

It’s in those times when it appears all is lost that we must fall back with renewed faith in the character of our Father.

29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

You may not have a clear direction that you just know God wants you to go. But you do have a place where your heart can clearly rest. Maybe it’s not so much a specific decision God is seeking but a posture of faith.

If the options don’t go against the character of God, let your strength be renewed in the Lord to make a decision…and soar.

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