When you are faced with decisions, try asking yourself these four questions to help gain insight?
1 Chronicles 28 & 29
Decisions? 4 Questions to ask
Decisions, Decisions …
Chapter 28.19, “‘All this,’ said David, ‘the LORD made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans.'”
Did you notice what David said, “He made me understand in writing …” I’m an on-again off-again journaler, but I see tremendous value in keeping a spiritual journal. I’m not referring to a diary like we usually think of them and I’m not talking about a place to vent and, in effect, sin on paper. I’m talking about a place where we write out prayers, key verses or devotional thoughts and keep a record of our walk with God.
Another way to use a journal in conjunction with our devotional time is when seeking wisdom for a decision. Try writing out your questions and concerns and asking yourself four questions (these are adapted from The Heart of a Woman Who Prays: Drawing Near to the God Who Loves You by Elizabeth George):
Why would I do it?
Why would I not do it?
Why should I do it?
Why should I not do it?
The first two reveal our motives. For example, would I do it because someone else expects it or because of what people may think of me (fear of man, Prov. 29.25)? Would I not do it because of a fear of failure or a lack of trust in God?
The last two get to why God would have us do or not do something. For example, is there a commandment involved? Is God’s glory or my testimony at stake?
This can sometimes be a very helpful process, but we need to remember that something we write out, even in our quiet time, is not the same as God’s inspired Word in Scripture. It is, however, one way God can speak to our hearts and reveal His wisdom to us.
Today’s Other Readings:
From Sheepfolds and Fishing Boats
70 He also chose David His servant,
And took him from the sheepfolds;
71 From following the ewes that had young He brought him,
To shepherd Jacob His people,
And Israel His inheritance.
This reminded me of what Jesus told two fishermen, Peter and Andrew, in Matthew 4.19, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” God takes who we are and uses it for His glory!
Proclaiming Our Own Goodness
Verse 6a, “Most men will proclaim each his own goodness.”
Sadly, we are often blinded to our own sins and shortcomings. That’s why it’s so important to constantly hold up the mirror of God’s Word and to have other believers in our lives who can speak the truth in love.
Ready to hear
Verse 24, “And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends.”
And then verse 33b, “Now therefore, we are all present before God, to hear all the things commanded you by God.”
What a beautiful picture! Here is this man who is eager to know God better. He gathers his friends and family and they are expectantly waiting to hear the man of God speak.
Are you faced with a decision? Try answering Elizabeth’s questions.
How do you approach the opportunity to hear the Word preached? with boredom? with indifference? or with expectation?
Lord, please help us to be eager to hear Your Word preached. Give us a hunger and thirst to know You more and better. Make us like the Bereans who “received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17.11).
The question every believer asks—whether new in Christ or a seasoned veteran—is, How can I be more effective in my prayer life? When it comes to talking to God about people and life-issues, there’s always room for growth.
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- stabilize her emotions and perspective when life is unstable
- apply God’s promises to her problems
- talk to God about family and friends
- discover and carry out God’s plan for her life
- count on God’s provision through hard times
Includes a study guide helpful for both individuals and groups.
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your husband—foster a deep commitment to serving and honoring him
your children—pray faithfully for them and teach them God’s Word
your home—create a nurturing atmosphere and a tapestry of beauty
your walk with the Lord—grow through love of Scripture and in spiritual maturity
your ministry—learn to reach out and be a blessing to others
Let God fulfill His greatest desire for you. Allow Him to transform you by embracing His plans for you. And find real purpose in a life of prayer, a life of priorities, a life as A Woman After God’s Own Heart.
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