Just a short post today, but I wanted to share with you what I received today from an old friend. He is a very talented young man who has a bright future, but has some anxiety about making some big decisions. Here is what he wrote to me.:
…. I’m in a spot in life right now where I’ve got a lot of big decisions to make, and I’m definitely struggling with listening to God instead of to myself and my own desires and wants. I will graduate either in May or December 09, and I just have so many emotions flowing regarding graduation and what to do afterwards that the decision making process has just been a heavy load. I think I’m almost decided, but then it’s a matter of logistics and everything too, which I tend to worry about a bit to much and I don’t trust God to just take care of me as much as I probably should. ….
Ever been there? I have. WE spend so much time overanalyzing things based upon fear of them not turning out right. Here is and excerpt of what I wrote back:
This morning I was in Proverbs 8, so my mind is on wisdom. The word I would have for you is confidence. As long as I have known you, you have been wise, and I have in fact mentioned to many that you were wise beyond your years. God teaches us, instills knowledge and wisdom, and then expects us to make good decisions thus equipped. Have confidence in that. Don’t make decisions based on fear of it not going right, make them with confidence that God gave you the knowledge and wisdom to make them, and let Him guide the path after that.
Do you feel confident in the wisdom God has given you? If not — aren’t we wasting it? So much in life is ruled by lack of confidence or fear. I would pray that we would live our lives with the knowledge that not only has God given us wisdom, he can show us how to use it! Here was my Bible reading from this morning:
1 Does not wisdom call out?
Does not understanding raise her voice?
2 On the heights along the way,
where the paths meet, she takes her stand;
3 beside the gates leading into the city,
at the entrances, she cries aloud:
4 “To you, O men, I call out;
I raise my voice to all mankind.
5 You who are simple, gain prudence;
you who are foolish, gain understanding.
6 Listen, for I have worthy things to say;
I open my lips to speak what is right.
7 My mouth speaks what is true,
for my lips detest wickedness.
8 All the words of my mouth are just;
none of them is crooked or perverse.
9 To the discerning all of them are right;
they are faultless to those who have knowledge.
10 Choose my instruction instead of silver,
knowledge rather than choice gold,
11 for wisdom is more precious than rubies,
and nothing you desire can compare with her.
12 “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence;
I possess knowledge and discretion.
13 To fear the LORD is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
14 Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have understanding and power.
15 By me kings reign
and rulers make laws that are just;
16 by me princes govern,
and all nobles who rule on earth. [a]
17 I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
18 With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
19 My fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.
20 I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
21 bestowing wealth on those who love me
and making their treasuries full.
23 I was appointed [d] from eternity,
from the beginning, before the world began.
24 When there were no oceans, I was given birth,
when there were no springs abounding with water;
25 before the mountains were settled in place,
before the hills, I was given birth,
26 before he made the earth or its fields
or any of the dust of the world.
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30 Then I was the craftsman at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind.
32 “Now then, my sons, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not ignore it.
34 Blessed is the man who listens to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For whoever finds me finds life
and receives favor from the LORD.
36 But whoever fails to find me harms himself;
all who hate me love death.”
It was a nice reminder to me this morning. I am going to try and move forth into this day with confidence that God is there!