04 May 2018

This 'n' That

Decisions would be so much simpler if we only had a sign!
Decisions, decisions! I hate making decisions, and I am terrible at it. By God's grace, there have been some major decisions in my life that He orchestrated such that they weren't actually decisions at all because the right decision was a no-brainer. But then, there are those choices that are a bit more tricky, and the reality is, you won't know which choice is "right" until you just choose one and move forward. These are the ones that can be truly difficult, particularly if neither choice is sinful, and neither is inherently more godly than the other.

At the end of the day, does God really care about our mundane, day-to-day decisions such as where we live or what car we drive, or even what doctor we see? Well, yes, He does, in the sense that none of these ought to drive us away from fellowship with Him or other believers, or cause us to sin through idolatry or other means. Yet, as Christians, we can take comfort in knowing that God has already perfectly ordained the circumstances in our lives to execute His perfect plan, bring Him glory, and result in our good. It may not make the decisions any easier to resolve, but it at least allows us to rest in the decision once it's been made. Our Father is a good, kind, and gracious Father. Even if He disciplines us, He is good and we are better for it in the long run, because such discipline is designed to make us more like His Son, Jesus Christ.

So, in the words of Kevin DeYoung, if you have a decision to make, just do something!

Now, why don't you take a few moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • I don't normally link to this site, but I think this issue is important.
  • This is another important issue. It's not okay to encourage women to stay in abusive relationships. I have news for leaders who would teach accordingly: if a man is striking his wife, he already has abandoned the marriage. The church should be a place of safety and protection for her, not a place where she is told she must "submit to" and "elevate" her husband, who is the source of her black eyes.
  • Golly, gee, do you think the Bible might be true?
  • Let's pray for this boy!
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Good grief, people are stupid.
  • I still think it's worth it.
God is to be trusted when His providences seem to run contrary to His promises. God promised David to give him the crown, to make him king; but providence turns contrary to His promise; David was pursued by Saul, was in danger of his life; but all this while it was David's duty to trust God. The Lord does oftentimes, by cross providence, bring to pass His promise. God promised Paul the lives of all that were with him in the ship, but now the providence of God seems to run quite contrary to His promise; the winds blow, the ship splits and breaks in pieces; and thus God fulfilled His promise; upon the broken pieces of the ship, they all come safe to shore. Trust God when providences seem to run quite contrary to promises. —Thomas Watson

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