“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask
anything according to Christ’s will, we will be heard.” (1 John 5:14)
I don’t know about you, but when I’m trying to make a major decision in my life I pray for God’s leading. Sometimes the answer comes easily understood. But sometimes it feels as though the details all get in the way of hearing God’s voice.
We have a major decision coming up on May 13. I’ve been praying about this for a number of months. The folks at Brighton United Church of Christ have made a decision, and now it’s time for us to make a decision. And I pray that our decision will truly be God’s will for us.
I remember when I was seeking a new setting for ministry many years ago. One day I would think a particular place was the right place. The next day I would think another place was right. When, after many weeks of dilly dallying I heard from both of them within 30 minutes of each other saying that they wanted me to be their candidate, I just wanted to say to God, “And this is supposed to be your guidance?”
Eventually, with the help of a trusted friend, I worked out the answer. I told one place thank you, but…. And I told the other place yes. And, frankly, it was a good decision.
The Forums that we are holding as we discuss the decision about merger with the folks from Brighton are to help us work out the answer. We will be among trusted friends at these discussion times. We can ask any question and speak about our hesitations and our eagerness.
But, friends, in the midst of talking to one another let’s remember to seek God’s guidance in prayer. And then, whatever the decision, let’s move forward confident that God will be with us. Always and forever God will be with us!