I am not a very decisive person. Maybe you’re like me, but I hate choosing the movie or the place to go for dinner. For me it is about a lack of information. You can’t know the future, right? So how can you really know what is THE best choice? Maybe I’ll make a decision that’s disastrous! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve decided where to eat, onlyl to find out they are closed, or the wait is two hours. Of course that type of indecision floods into more important decisions about life and ministry. And if I am honest, the specter of failure paralyzes me. As I reflected yesterday afternoon about the sermon passage (Gal 5:24-26) and the implications of ‘keeping in step with the Spirit’ with my indecisiveness, I was convicted about my often lack of trust in God for the future. Kevin DeYoung wrote once:
“We walk into the future in God-glorifying confidence, not because the future is known to us but because it is known to God. And that’s all we need to know”.
– (Kevin DeYoung Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will)
A God-glorifying confidence is not a ‘cowboy’ mentality, but a humble reliance on Christ knowing that He who formed the world and arranged all of history can surely trusted for what is to come. There can be no fear when God’s strong hands are on the situation. Our worry and anxiety about the things to come can be placed in the arms of the master carpenter whose nail-pierced hands are shaping all time in grooves I cannot anticipate. I want to know in order to decide; what I need is trust to move forward fearlessly.