My husband and I sat at a picnic table on the lovely grounds of a Christian university with other prospective graduate students. The outdoor BBQ supper allowed guests to meet casually with faculty to ask questions.
The dean of the newly acquired law school sat before us in his tailored suit, French-cuffed white shirt, and yellow silk tie. With an inviting smile, he patiently listened to our life stories and present wonderings about a major life change.
“How do you know when God is directing and not our own wills?” my husband eventually asked.
I have never forgotten his reply.
“My wife and I have been married over 30 years and have had many major decisions to make. We look for answers from each person in the Trinity and wait until the three parts line up in harmony.”
God the Father of All Circumstances
“I don’t subscribe totally to the open door-closed door method of decision-making, because situations change. It can be dangerous to depend on circumstances alone,” he explained. “But we absolutely look wisely and thoroughly at what is happening around us, the needs of our family and finances. God speaks through our environment which He determined for us.”
God the Son, the Living Word
“Having the written Word for us to study, memorize, and refer to at any time is a gift to knowing God and His will for our lives, especially in decision times. My wife and I read it together and separately, sharing verses and what God shows us. These pages offer powerful and trustworthy help in black and white.”
God the Holy Spirit
“God is clearly a spirit beyond our human understanding and our ties to the physical world. We look for a supernatural occurrence, such as a dream, a surprise encounter, or timely message from a trusted source to affirm the other two leadings from circumstances and scripture.”
God supplied us with responses to the graduate school decision and others, including to serve seven years in Central Asia. Our confidence to answer questions about such decisions and work through difficulties rested on the unified direction God gave us through His Trinity.
I Peter 1:2 (TLB) says, "Dear friends, God the Father chose you long ago and knew you would become his children. And the Holy Spirit has been at work in your hearts, cleansing you with the blood of Jesus Christ and making you to please him. May God bless you richly and grant you increasing freedom from all anxiety and fear."
Do you have a decision required, guidance needed, or clarity desired? How are you accessing all three aspects of God’s Personhood to bring confidence for moving forward?