We all feel it at times. We come to an intersection in life and have no idea which way to turn. It might be a major life choice. It might be a difficult relationship. It might be a biblical question (whether doctrinal or practical). Whatever the issue, confusion can leave us frustrated or discouraged—especially if folks are trying to pull us in two different directions. If the situation smolders for too long, it can leave us disillusioned with Christians and Christianity.
While there is no magic solution that fixes the situation in a few hours, there is a way out of the haze. What do we have to do? We need to refocus. We need to bring ourselves back to our center—the Lord Jesus—and make sure our heart is revolving around him. We need to renew our desire to live for Him and submit to His revealed mind in the Bible, regardless of the cost. If we do this, we eliminate the tension that comes when our inner peace is disturbed by human involvement in our life. While we are resting and trusting in Jesus, nothing can disturb us. As the old hymn says, “His way is best, it leads to rest.”
Once we SET ASIDE all our fears, frustrations, and preferences and COMMIT our heart to choosing the most God-honoring path or doing the will of God, whatever it proves to be, then the smoke will start to clear. As the Bible says, “If anyone is willing to do God’s will, he shall know the truth concerning the teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from myself” (John 7:17—my own translation). And this principle works not only for doctrinal matters, but for every difficulty in life which the Scriptures address.
Along this line George Mueller said, “I seek at the beginning to get my heart into such a state that it has no will of its own in regard to a given matter. Nine-tenths of the difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little while to the knowledge of what His will is.”
As for myself, I regularly refocus my life, generally at least once a week, and sometimes several times. Whenever I start to get ruffled, or bent out of shape, or discouraged, or even overly excited, I refocus. This practice keeps the weeds that spring up in my heart from turning into oak trees.
Have an amazing week following our amazing Savior.
“Eyes wide open, brain engaged, heart on fire,”
Lee W. Brainard