Pit or Peace is my little saying when I have a decision to make. We have all asked “Is this God’s will or plan for my life?”
My disclaimer is that I am not a theologian nor do I have any formal bible training. This is my opinion based on my own experiences and reading what the Bible says about making decisions.
Someone told me that every decision is a spiritual decision. The older I get and the more responsibility I have in all areas, I can see that every decision I make affects my relationship with God good or bad.
God already knows the plan for my life. I need to be humble enough to ask him to always be leading me down the path he has for me and not the path I want to choose for myself.
When I have a decision to make I almost always have a gut feeling from the beginning. I would like to think my gut feeling is the Holy Spirit already working in me.
Before I make a decision I pray about the decision, read the bible, and seek counsel from people I respect with opinions I value. During this process of figuring out what God is asking of me I go through a few verses that help me decide if my choice will lead me to pit or peace.
|If PEACE then…||If PIT then…|
|Open doors- I see God answer prayer and open doors when I am seeking Him and asking for wisdom– Jeremiah 29:11-13a; James 1:5||Feel anxious and unsettled – The Holy Spirit is giving me that “pit” feeling that something isn’t right- Philippians 4:6: John 14:17|
|Confidence- Asking God with confidence to make it obvious to me – 1 John 5:14; Proverbs 3:5-6; Hebrews 4:16; Psalm 32:8||Disorder in my thought process- When I try and work out the details in my head I just get more confused- 1 Corinthians 14:33; James 3:16|
|Peace –God is a God of peace and will not confuse me. If something is of God I will feel peace above all else Philippians 4:5b-7; Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 4:8||When family/friends whose opinion I trust and value are telling me that this may not be a wise decision – Proverbs 15:22
Sometimes God’s will and plan for our lives is not the most popular plan among our friends, or the most glamorous, and God’s will is usually not the easy decision. But, when we know that God has called us to something it leaves us with PEACE regardless of the circumstances around us. I have also realized that most of the things God has asked me to do in me life require stepping out on FAITH.
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Jeremiah 29:11-13a For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord.