“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
I want God speak to me in a thunderous voice from the heavens and declare, “My child, this is what I want you to do and this will be how you achieve it.” If God did that, we wouldn’t need him, instead He would just be a genie granting wishes. I went to church one Sunday Morning, feeling especially weary about what in the world am I doing with my life. Our church was going through their own big change, we were merging with another church in the same city. This particular Sunday morning, one of the pastors from the other church was going to speak. He gave one of the best sermons, I have ever heard in my life. So simple, yet so life changing.
The sermon was, if you are faced with any major decisions affecting you and/or family’s life there are three things you must do to make sure it is the right decision. Pray, read The Bible and seek wise counsel. Praying by asking the Lord, if this is the best decision. Engage in reading His word and see if that decision is aligned with it. And lastly, ask someone you respect, that can listen and provide wise advice.
I have been dealing with bruxism. This is a condition to wear one grinds their teeth, usually at night and it causes major damage. It creates lots of dental work, which everyone knows is my least favorite thing in the world. Even with night guards, which I will wear right through and break, I suffer with a lock jaw, headaches and fractured teeth from the pressure I create. No dentist or preventative medicine professional knows exactly why people do this. There are lots of reasons why this condition occurs. (See how I have seeked wise counsel? I know way more about teeth than a normal patient should.) I decided to truly seek the Lord as to why this is happening. So I decided to fast for 3 months from social media and only watching G-PG rated movies and shows. In the time I would save from all of those time wastes, I would read the word and pray. I read more books in The Bible than I ever did. I prayed more than I ever had. I heard nothing for most of those three months. The last weekend of my fast, I read a verse from Proverbs 13:3 “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” The word “guards” caught my attention. I must watch the words I say. I was going to church that Sunday morning and the sermon was about negativity and how the words from your mouth give life or death. I felt this confirmation of how this is causing unrelenting stress in my life. The constant complaining and thinking everything is a problem in my life feed into the tension my body was holding onto. I knew from that point on, I had to change or my life would be in and out of the dental office.
Following this path, usually will answer those questions. Many times, we get in the way with God’s direction. We try to force the answer, to usually be a yes in some way. But many times the “no” to the decision turns out to be the best thing for us. When it is from God, you definitely know. There have been many times, I ask the advice of anyone and everyone to get I confirmation on the situation. I forget to pray and definitely not read His word. I wonder, how can words that were written such a time so long ago pertain to my situation now? But it does, read the book of Proverbs or James. Instructions that will pertain forever in time until He comes again.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you that your word is true and stands forever. I thank you that prayer is a never ending dialogue I can have with you. Thank you for placing wise people in my life for advice. Clear my mind and my heart to hear what you want for me, especially with major changes. Even though I may face difficulties and battles, remind me that there is a greater good. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”