“For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.”
Have you ever found yourself at a fork in the road, struggling to know what decision to make?
Sometimes we come up with excuses like not knowing God’s will, when all that is asked of us is simple obedience. Oftentimes the choices are so obviously defined in God’s Word, and the real obstacle is our own will that differs from God’s will for us. But God’s Word is always accessible to us, and we do not need to wait for God to speak to us in a loud voice from the heavens. His instructions do not need to come from a dream announced by an angel, and neither do we need to wait for a person to bring to us a prophetic message from God.
There may be instances when we find ourselves at crossroads where we sincerely do not know which path God wants us to take. This is especially true when the different paths are all God-glorifying, and the question is not so much if a certain path is sinful, but rather which is the wisest path. But there are also times when we excuse our inaction or disobedience by saying that we do not know God’s will just yet, even when it is apparent that one path leads to sin and death. Obedience can take a lot of courage, but it is often not at all complicated.
God does not leave us to our own understanding. His Word is clear and has very specific commands for all aspects of our lives. His Word is in our mouths and in our hearts, so that we can obey it.
Is there a decision that you have to make right now? Which of the available options leads to life and God’s glory?