Every day of our lives we are faced with choices. Every day we run up against situations that require us to act. These opportunities could be as petty as what lane of the freeway you choose (hoping its the fastest one), or what to have for lunch, or whether or not we go to the beach on Sunday or go to church (hint: if you live in Florida you can do both!). Face it, today you will make choices all day long. The question then becomes, how much do we involve God in the choices we make? Did He truly create all of Heaven and Earth and the fullness therein just to sit back and hope for the best? Or perhaps does He desire to be involved in every facet of our day? Here’s another hint: He is already involved in every facet or your day. The question is, do you recognize His presence and look to Him for your direction?
In Psalm 25:12 we read: “Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.” That sounds simple enough, right? Fear God, and we will hear directly from Him on what to do in any given situation. But does it really work that way? Do we really hear clearly from the God of the Universe because we have a healthy fear of who He is? If I were a betting man, I would wager that it doesn’t seem to work so easily and seamlessly in your personal experience. If that is the case, then maybe we need to take a step back and look at this verse in context (always a wise decision in Scripture).
The preceding verse and the ones following, shed some light on what it really means to consult God:
“For your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my guilt, for it is great. Who is the man who fears the Lord? Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose. His soul shall abide in well-being, and his offspring shall inherit the land. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him, and he makes known to them his covenant. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net.” (Psalm 25:11-15 ESV)
Certainly God will instruct us in the way we should go but it requires an honest evaluation of where we’ve already been. The Psalmist postures himself to first admit that he is in desperate need of a pardon for the sin in his life. He asks God to forgive him for it for the sake of God’s name and reputation (the Psalmist has already claimed the name of The Lord in his own life). If we ever hope to hear from God on any level, we must be humble enough to admit the sins and heavenly shortcomings in our lives and full acknowledge their imensity. Only when we’ve taken the proper posture of humility, self-realization, and brokenness will we truly be able to hear the instruction of God on what to do in the midst of opportunity.
The Psalmist continues by informing us that this healthy fear and posture towards God leads us into a relationship with the Father through which He shares His deepest truths with us, “…he makes known to them his covenant.” When we position ourselves to hear from God by recognizing who He is (and who we aren’t) by humbly seeking His counsel and turning to His Word, we will keep our eyes forever towards Him and He will rescue us from the snares of poor choices.
The simple questions are: Do you cry out to God only when you are desperate and expect to hear from Him immediately? Or, do you live in the space where daily you admit your faults, understand your need for forgiveness, and trust that God in all of His enormity is still intimately interested in every choice you make? It is only here where God reveals to us the answers we are seeking through prayer and a daily digest of His Word. When this is our default, our regular routine of living, we will hear from God every single time. That is His promise.