We are all faced with decisions on a daily basis. Some big and some small. I myself have trouble even with some of the smallest decisions so you can imagine the bigger ones stresses me out. I often think of Gideon in Judges 6:36-40. God had instructed Gideon that he would deliver Israel out of the hand of the Midianites by Gideons hand. Gideon like many of us wants to make sure we’re making the right choice so he places a piece of wool fleece on the ground and asks God to only allow the dew to fall on the fleece and the ground be dry. The next morning Gideon arises and finds the fleece wet and the ground dry just as suspected. If that wasn’t enough to convince him that God was going to do what he said, Gideon came to God a second time and asked for God to let the fleece be dry and ground wet with dew. That night, God did as Gideon requested. So when I’m faced with difficult decisions, how often I wish it was as easy as placing a piece of wool outside at night and seeing if there is any dew on it the next morning. The truth is, it’s not always that easy.
I’m reminded of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20. Here Israel has come under attack by the Moabites and the Ammonites. We learn in verse 3 that Jehoshaphat feared, but set himself to seek the Lord. Jehoshaphat was scared and didn’t know what to do, but he was looking to God for direction! He stood before the congregation and prayed to God and at the end of his prayer he said this:
…Neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.
That’s the key to the whole thing. When we’re faced with circumstances in our lives and we don’t know what to do, it’s time to pray as Jehoshaphat prayed…Lord, I don’t know what to do, but my eyes are on you! Jehoshaphat could do this because he knew how mighty God was and what great things He had done for His people in the past. Likewise, we can think of times in our lives that God did a great work and know and trust that He is the same God that He was then and can see us through any circumstance that may come our way.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy path.