When we trust in the Lord with all of our heart, we significantly decrease the number of serious mistakes that we make in our lives. Have you made decisions that later brought regret? That is called learning a lesson the hard way. Some people say such things as, “I need to learn from my own mistakes.” It is a wise person who can seek the Lord and avoid mistakes in life. Second Peter 1:10 says, “ … give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, ye shall never fall.” This scripture lets us know that the heart of God is that we never fall. If that were not the case, then why would he make such a statement? Do people fall? Yes. Do they have to? No, they do not. Should they want to make their own mistakes (fall) so they can learn from them? No, of course not.
If we are going to minimize the number of serious mistakes in our lives, we must trust in the Lord with all our hearts and look to Him to direct our paths. It is very possible to consistently make wise decisions, but we must discipline ourselves to slow down long enough to seek God’s will for whatever it is we are considering. So how do we know what God is saying to us when we are seeking His will? We should follow peace. God will give us a peaceful spirit about taking that next step. If we do not have peace, then we should stand still and wait on the Lord.
In an earlier devotional study, we were reminded to not let fear dictate our decisions. The enemy loves it when fear drives us to get in a hurry to make a move, because that is his opportunity to trip us up. Have you ever noticed that most people who caused car wrecks were in a hurry to get somewhere? When we are in a hurry, our judgment is impaired. We fail to make good decisions. But when we drive patiently, we are less likely to cause an accident. We are relaxed and more aware of what other drivers are doing. Just the same, we can avoid terrible mistakes when we seek the face of God before making a decision. Spend this week in the presence of God. Seek His face and His desires. Delight yourself in Him and not only will He guide your steps (Proverbs 3:6), but He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). Be blessed.
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