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Which Way to Go?
by Jenny on June 21st, 2019

"Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, 'This is the way you should go,' whether to the right or to the left." Isaiah 30:21

Today is the last day of my husband's current career. On Monday, my foodie-husband will begin selling salt for a living. Yep, salt. (Anyone see a little godly humor in this? God tells us we are the salt of the earth!?!) So many questions arise when making major decisions in life. How do I know if this is the right thing to do? What if I make the wrong choice? The Bible tells us that God has a plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 139:16, and countless other Scriptures). Once we are reconciled to God through our faith in Christ, God places His Spirit in us and promises to guide us along the best path for our lives (Psalm 32:8). With my husband's permission, I'd like to share how we came to the conclusion that this new job was indeed the way we should go.

The decision to leave his current position was not an easy decision for my husband to make.
My husband was happy with his current job, and his company has been faithful and generous to our family over the past many years. After informing his boss of his decision to leave, my husband's company made a counter-offer in attempt to get him to stay. In several ways the counter-offer appeared more beneficial for our family. But because the new job seems to better align with some of our family's desires and because the new job came about in such a strange, unique way, like the Jacob of Genesis, my husband concluded, "surely God is in this place" (Genesis 28:16).

I hesitate to give what sounds like a step-by-step process for determining God's will. However, I do believe there are certain steps we can take, certain qualities and attributes we can look for when trying to decide which way to go in life.

God is a God who wants to be known by us. God has revealed Himself--and His will for our lives--in His Word. The Scriptures may not speak to specific circumstances such as choosing one job over another, but God created us with the capacity to know and experience Him and to thereby determine to the best of our ability His will for us.

Psalm 34:8 reads, "Taste and see that the Lord is good." Isaiah tells us in chapter 30 verse 21 of his book, "Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, 'This is the way you should go.'" Isaiah later tells us in 41:13 that God holds us by the hand. In 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 Paul explains that God uses believers to spread the "fragrance of Christ." The Scriptures tell us we can know and experience God through all five of our senses!

We do not actually "eat" God, nor have I personally ever "heard" the voice of God with my ears (in Isaiah 30:21 the Hebrew word for "hear" can also mean "understand"), nor have I "seen" God or the incarnate or risen Christ, nor have I physically "touched" the hand of God. These verses don't necessarily describe literal interaction with God, but they indicate that we can know and experience God in many ways. Because we have the capacity to know God and to experience His leading in our lives, we should trust and respond when we believe God is leading us in a particular direction.

Following God's plan starts with recognizing that God has a plan. Matthew 7:7 tells us if we seek Him, we will find Him. Jeremiah 33:3 says, "Call to Me and I will answer you." Psalm 138:8 says, "The Lord will work out His plans for my life." My husband knew to look for God and when he looked, he found Him.

Isaiah tells us that God's ways are not our ways. While we know God will never lead us to walk in a way that is contrary to His Word, the path He lays before us may not always make sense. With a background in engineering, God's ways can sometimes prove especially challenging for me to follow because I like things to make sense. With God, we can not always base our decisions on human logic. If we are unsure of God's ways, that is when we should seek godly counsel because with many counselors, plans succeed (Proverbs 15:22).

When the seemingly-better-counter-offer came through, my husband observed that the new job would require more faith on our part--another clue that God was at work! We know God has a plan, my husband and I have asked repeatedly for God to lead us in that plan, yet we also know God wants to continually grow our faith in Him.

I say again, God will never call us to go against His Word. We should not act in stupidity. We should not test God to see if He will truly show up. The only time God tells us to "test" Him is when giving. "Give generously," the Scriptures say, "and see if I don't bless you more than you can stand." (Malachi 3:10) When Satan encouraged Jesus to test the Father circumstantially, Jesus replied, "The Scriptures say, 'You must not test the Lord your God.'" (Matthew 4:7) We should not throw ourselves in front of a moving car just to see if God will save us. BUT. If you sense God leading you in a particular direction that aligns with His Word and the desires He has placed in your heart (Psalm 37:4 tells us that IFFF we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us--meaning not necessarily fulfill our personal desires, but He will place in us--the desires of our heart), then go! Walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7)

Though God's ways may seem strange to us, if He is truly leading us down a particular path we will experience a peace only He can give (Philippians 4:7). Though the counter-offer seemed better on paper, my husband and I both felt more peace with the change in career.

Fear of making the wrong decision often times paralyzes us from making any decision at all. If we are trying to make a godly decision, God will not let us fall beyond what He can redeem. "Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand." (Psalm 37:24) Are you facing a major (or even a minor) life decision? Seek Him. He will show you which way to go.

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Christy miller - June 21st, 2019 at 8:38 PM
This was very inspiring
Mom - June 22nd, 2019 at 4:40 PM
Very encouraging to grow your/our/my faith by trusting Him more. Thank you for enlightening me.
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