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What’s Next?

December 6th, 2010

“I will instruct you . . in the way you should go.” Psalm 32:8 NIV

God is not Google! Google is about information; God is about relationship.”

My thoughts today ask “what’s next?”

Have  you ever wished you could see into the future? Sometimes you just don’t know what to do, which way to turn, or where to go. Life will have a few of those anxious places along the way. Don’t panic. You are not lost; you may just be momentarily confused about what’s next.

Actually, I can think of a few good things about being at such a directional junction occasionally. That could mean that you’ve accomplished something where you’ve been and are ready for what’s next; that’s a good thing. It could also mean that you know God has more for you; you’re not finished yet. That’s a good thing too. Or it could mean that God is waiting for you to ask Him for His wisdom and direction. That is a very good thing!

When you don’t know what’s ahead for you, God does. The Bible says God “declares the end from the beginning.” See Isaiah 46:9-10 NLT. I think He could be quite helpful when making your decisions, don’t you? Still, you have an important part to play in discovery.

Your future is filled with near-unlimited possibilities. Some measure of realizing those is up to you; all of your doing so will include your depending upon God. When you think you best know what’s next, you are just guessing really. Sometimes you guess well; sometimes you guess wrong. God is never guessing.

The internet is amazing. A Google search can reveal a mind-boggling amount of information, giving you access to anything and everything contained on the internet. The problem is I rarely know how to ask the right question to obtain the answer I need. Wouldn’t it be simple if you could Google anything you wanted or needed to know from God? Really now, do you always know how to specifically ask God when you are unclear about what’s next?

God is not Google! Google is about getting information for you (and making money from advertisers); God is about having a relationship with you. He wants you to know what’s next for your life, but first, God wants you to know Him. “The steps (and stops) of the Godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 NLT.

I would be sad if my wife or family were only interested in information from me more than knowing who I am. Because of our relationship, I am willing and wanting to share anything that would be helpful for them to live wisely. Why would I want less for those I love? “No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who do what is right. O Lord, happy are those who trust in You.” Psalm 84:11-12 NLT.

Understanding that the primary intention of God is for you to truly know Him, here’s what I have learned about knowing and doing the will of God. When you want to do His will perfectly and completely, God will direct you to what’s next. “I know, Lord, that a person’s life is not His own. No one is able to plan His own course . . Trust in the lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” Jeremiah 10:23 NLT and Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV.

Your next step should always be in the direction of God’s will. Read Romans 12:1-2 NIV. On a very practical note, He does not tell you all the steps all at once; God tells you what your next step will be. If you knew everything ahead, you could either become fearful or fascinated. If fearful, you might refuse to move from where you are and be disobedient. If fascinated, you could rush too far too fast and miss the experience along the way that’s necessary for your success. The matter is simple: trust God for what’s next.

My prayer for you today is that you know God and trust Him with your life.

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