Few things are of more practical value than the simple ability to make decisions and to make them stick. Starting with little decisions and working our way up to the big ones, we must gradually build the strength of our decision-making muscles.
Diligently Seeking God
Texts like Micah 6:8 call us back to the center of what really matters most. It is good, and even necessary, to be against what is wrong in the world. But God is looking for people who will be for what is right — and justice, mercy, and humility are the right things to be for.
Teaching us to “deny ungodliness,” grace says “we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age.” And in this sense grace is the most powerfully motivating force in the world. Forgiven of our past acts of rebellion against God’s love, we respond gratefully.
We must move away from self-centeredness. Holiness, like happiness, comes as a by-product of seeking something more important than any concern for ourselves, namely the glory of God. Our principal focus must be kept on Him and on serving others in His name.
Our needs are already known to our Heavenly Father before we ask Him. But He wants us to have the humility to recognize those needs ourselves and to ask for His help. The deeper our gratitude for His grace, the more faithfully we will ask and seek and knock.
The time will come when the best of the good ideas that we’ve had will come true. We’ll find ourselves not merely thinking about God but knowing Him. And in God, what we’ve always wanted to be is what we actually will be!
God will not be misled. He is not looking for verbiage but for hearts willing to be transformed. And if our hearts are not willing to be turned toward Him, then no amount of “image management” will get us where we want to go.
If we fail to be comforted by the availability of God’s grace, we bog down in despair. But if we fail to be humbled by the necessity of God’s guidance and help, we bog down in something even worse: the illusion that we’re doing better than we really are.
Having a need for God, as every human being does, we need to admit that need and feel it. As the years go by, we should more truthfully understand, more lovingly feel, and more honestly acknowledge that we need our God.
We may be impressed with what Jesus’ miracles say about God’s existence, and we may even understand that they are evidence of His power and authority. However, we don’t always see what these signs say about God’s nature, His purposes, and His intentions toward us.