1 Corinthians 14:33a   For God is not a God of confusion but of peace

Yogi Berra, the great legend of baseball was known for his confusing sayings. Things like; “It’s like déjà-vu all over again!”, or “You can observe a lot just by watching.” How about, “Baseball is 90% mental, and the other half is physical.”  He once said that he knew he was going to take the wrong train, so he left early. He once looked right into the TV camera and as serious as he could be, he said, “A nickel isn’t worth a dime, these days.” Of course, we all know his most famous saying; “It ain’t over till it’s over.”

Life is full of confusion; it is often hard to try and make daily decisions because of so many voices around us telling us what we should do. How do we make decisions when we seem overwhelmed by options, or the lack thereof? We have to learn to quiet the many voices around us and hear the instructions of our Heavenly Father that were given to us for our good (Deut. 6:24). We know that first and foremost we are to love YHWH and second we are to love our neighbor, but what comes after that?

The only way to make decisions of life, and have peace about them, is to make sure that we are pursuing the heart and mind of YHWH. 

Colossians 3:12-16   Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with feelings of compassion and with kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Bear with one another; if anyone has a complaint against someone else, forgive him. Indeed, just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive.  Above all these, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together perfectly;  and let the shalom which comes from the Messiah be your heart’s decision-maker, for this is why you were called to be part of a single Body. And be thankful —   let the Word of the Messiah, in all its richness, live in you, as you teach and counsel each other in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude to God in your hearts. 

So when life gets difficult or we have difficult decisions to make we can look to the heavens and say like many others before us “What does YHWH want from me?!” This is often a question asked in frustration, but it is easy to answer. I will cite two portions of Scripture: 

Deuteronomy 10:12-13   “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the commandments and statutes of the LORD, which I am commanding you today for your good?

Micah 6:8   He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

 

David Jones

BYNA Elder

 

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