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“An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways”

~James 1:8

6th July, 2017

Hello there:) It’s been long, I know..and I did miss you too. It started as a much needed and necessary break - we all need a refreshing once in a while and God surely came through; and later a minor technical hitch came up which unfortunately took painfully long to be fixed. But hey, finally! Here we are now! Feel the freshness? Yes? Grab some tea, put your feet up and let’s chit chat.

1 Kings 18 is where our Bible pages are turned to. This chapter would make a great action film. God sends Elijah to show himself before King Ahab, who had turned nations and kingdoms up-side-down looking for Elijah (vs.10). He of course had to hunt down this man whom by his word, the entire nation became drought-stricken. It’s a tense plot all through this chapter, but don’t be distracted by it. This is a story we live, close to each and every day. Karibu hapa:)

Elijah, after a back-and-forth convo with Obadiah, King Ahab’s servant, shows himself to the King and soon after, initiates a showdown at Mt Carmel. Gathered here, are the people of Israel and the 850 prophets of Baal and Asherah. Elijah throws a question their way, mainly directed to the Israelites. He asks, “how long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him, but if Baal, follow him.” The place was mum, no one said a word. Elijah then posed the challenge, that the Lord who answered by fire, is the true God. I believe we know how the story went from there. The God of Elijah answered him and proved most powerful; they bowed down and worshipped Him.

Just recently, as I sat down to revise my dreams and plans for the future, they were heavily coupled by worry about the dynamics – especially the financial bone of contention. Forget even about the dreams, I’ve shot the gun too far. Coming close into life’s daily nitty-gritties, it’s easy to lose steadiness in the fact that He gives us each day our daily bread. It’s typical of us to become like that from time to time – proof we’re human; but trouble comes when we get consumed in the lie that God aside, we can pull things off. It’s a dangerous place to be when you think that money or people or opportunities, can be your saviour. Back to Mt. Carmel, the irony here is that Baal was worshipped as a weather god, and Elijah was doing and saying all these things in the midst of a drought that he (through God) had predicted would happen, and all 3 years long, Baal had done nothing about it. Elijah had already showed Baal to be an impotent deity before this day even started.

We know the truth. We know this truth that the enemy often wants to blind us from. When we attribute power to other sources other than God, we, like these people assembled at Mt. Carmel, are guilty of “limping between two opinions”. God dislikes indecision and double-mindedness.  He has given us all reason to look His way and he doesn’t like it when we allow any other thing to alter the direction our eyes are set in. The guarantee to stability in life is to decide what we want and live faithfully by it.

“An indecisive man is unstable in all his ways”

~James 1:8

Let me bring to light several levels of indecision:

  • Indecision about who you serve. (We have tackled this one right above)
  • Indecision about life’s major steps eg: marriage, career path.
  • A general lack of standards and values for our lives, which govern our priorities.

A quick flashback to your last time by the beach…beautiful waves, yes; but they have no control over what they are. They are driven and tossed by the wind. The Word likens us to the waves, when we don’t stand firm on our decisions. When you can’t make up your mind, you stagger through life.

There’s a difference between living one day at a time in faith and living one day at a time simply because you opened your eyes and you weren’t dead. Harsh as it sounds, it’s a very real part of some of our lives. Nothing to live for, nothing to achieve, nothing to look forward to….or even if it ain’t nothing, it’s always something different every waking day, and of course that’s not practical. As I’ve come to learn, a lot about the kind of lives we live is simply sealed in the mind – by making decisions. When you’re limping between two different guys on your chat list, there’s a problem hunnay. When long after graduation, you’re not sure if you want to look for a job, you need to have a meeting with yourself and think it through. Decide. It may not be pap! in the snap of a finger, but make a point of having a stand, sooner than later. Never has time moved backwards, and it’s definitely waiting for none of us. God’s power too, needs to work on decisive grounds.

God has an antidote to indecision. Psalms 23:3 tells us, “He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” We can handle the stress of decision making by letting God guide us. The best way to understand the functionality of a machine is by consulting the manufacturer’s manual. God created you, He knows each one of us and has something within each of us. First, choose Him, then let Him lead you.

 

Thank you for passing by…

Love love,

Lau.

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