Life is full of choices. Choices which breeds outcomes that usually determine the course of our paths. Therefore, it is important to be wise in our thoughts and actions when making decisions. As women of God, the best decision we have made is to walk with Christ. When we choose to walk with Christ, we choose to commit to Him and to follow His ways. We confess that we trust in the path He leads us on.
Our choices say a lot about our character. At times we believe we know what is best for us, in which case our ways may conflict with God’s ways of doing and being right. When we deny God’s plans to follow our own, we are not only being disobedient, we are also saying that we know better. But how can we? Before we were born God thought of us, moulded us and shaped us. He assigned every one of us to a role and a mission to fulfil on earth. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations’’ (Jeremiah 1:5 ESV).
God knows exactly what we need, where we must walk and who we must meet to fulfil our purpose in life. We can become extremely caught up in coming to our own verdicts that we ignore what we know God is telling us to do. We may miss His voice altogether. That is why it is vital we give everything to God in order for Him to instruct us on what is best for us. This also means trusting Him when He says “No”. Whether it is a career, a job, a friend, a partner, or any other decisions we may be questioning. In Genesis 22:1-19, God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. God tested Abraham to see how much he really loved Him. Having to sacrifice a child must be the worst thing one can ever be asked to do, hence, when God had seen Abraham’s faith, He intervened before the sacrifice could be fulfilled. This not only showed Abraham’s fear of God, it proved his ultimate trust in the Father.
It can be hard to understand some things that have taken place or are currently taking place in our lives. Especially if God’s instructions seem hurtful to us. But it is never God’s desire to harm us, rather, He foresees where our choices have the potential to lead and will do all He can to steer us in a better direction. It is a scary thought to not know what the future holds, trusting that God never fails saves us from making hasty decisions. We can be comforted in our choice to walk righteously with Christ because we know that no weapon formed against us shall prosper, no enemy can interfere with God’s plan, neither His blessings nor His favours can miss us, for God is a great God. He loves us and wants us to walk in His greatness, requiring only that we be obedient. “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8 ESV).
Perhaps you are struggling with a sacrifice God is calling you to make because it seems unpredictable. Abraham’s obedience was a depiction of his character, as a result, God showed Himself faithful because He is a way maker, a healer, a helper, a miracle worker and saviour. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 ESV), give all of your thoughts, desires and choices to Christ, walk humbly with Him with the understanding that He will lead you towards the plans He has for you.