ON THE JOURNEY

JAMES HASSELL, CO-PASTOR

I have a huge word for you: “omniscience.” Say that three times fast! Don’t let this word scare you. It actually has quite a comforting meaning. The word omniscience describes one of the characteristics of God. To say that God is omniscient is to say that God has perfect and absolute knowledge of all things, actual or possible, in the past, present, and future. Now, that’s what I call being smart!

 

But if God knows everything perfectly, then what is God’s will for us? Obviously, we humans are not omniscient. Sometimes I even have trouble remembering if I even ate a meal. So, we can get frustrated at the lack of clear direction in life. We say to God, “You know everything, but I don’t get it! What do you want me to do?” Add to this that some decisions are not as clear cut as others. Black and white can have a touch of gray. Have you ever been faced with a deciding between two bad options? But this is precisely where God’s omniscience helps us rather than hurts us. For guidance on this, let’s turn to some biblical, practical steps to take in finding and doing God’s will.

 

God gives us the information we need to know his will for a decision. Since God knows everything and cares about us, he gives us timely information for our decision-making. But be aware that God gives us enough information to make one simple step at a time. The characters of the Bible received God’s guidance incrementally. Stay patient with God!

 

Pray for God’s Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven. God’s kingdom is the realm where what God prefers and desires is actually accomplished. Pray that other kingdoms, including the ones we want to build, would break under God’s power. Pray that God would help us recognize and remove the unhealthy thoughts and patterns of our daily lives.

 

Trust God to give you “new light.” New light is guidance from the Holy Spirit through the Scriptures. We oftentimes refer to seeing new light as a “light bulb moment.” The Lord’s guidance is exactly what it is: light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). Pay attention to the light bulb moments when you read the Bible.

 

Take a step forward. It’s ok to take make a decision based on information received, prayer, and new light from the Bible. Trust that God will correct any missteps and to have mercy on you. The Bible is full of stories indicating that God gave tremendous guidance to those who were open to his direction, even when they were very confused.

 

Forget the obsession of fear. Sometimes major decisions can cause us a great deal of alarm or even fear. Consider that God can allow us to face certain hard decisions and challenges to increase our sense of worth and trust. A minister named Blaine Smith wrote, “It requires no more effort to go ahead and face a challenge than to avoid it.” Fear takes a lot of energy. Why not take that energy and focus it into prayer, Bible reading, and decision-making?

 

For more guidance, here’s a helpful book resource: Knowing God’s Will: Finding Guidance for Personal Decisions by M. Blaine Smith.


-James