Is God’s will a narrow path where I must hear from God specifically for my life, then do exactly what he says? Or is it a 6-lane freeway where it doesn’t matter what I choose, as long as my heart follows Jesus, he will make it work for good.
So which is it? How much influence does God have or should he have in our decision making?
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9)
In this podcast, we look at both views; discussing first, the narrow path view, which gives a number of road signs we should follow for specific decisions. Then we look at the 6-lane freeway perspective which places its emphasis on our human capacity to gather facts and information, use common sense and follow wisdom principles.
These two views are often presented in opposition to the other. Some advocate the narrow path and emphasise God’s supernatural leading. Others suggest that supernatural guidance is not only unnecessary; it’s untrustworthy and we shouldn’t expect God would intervene in our decisions in such specific ways.
In this podcast, I take some time to discuss each perspective, and then bring them together with some of my own thoughts related to the nature of the divine-human relationship, as well as our tendency to create a one-size fits all pattern to the decision making process. I want to show you that sometimes it’s a tiny trail along a mountain path, and sometimes it’s a wide open highway at 100kph. I believe it’s going to bring some wisdom to your decision making and on a deeper level, to your understanding of what it means to be in relationship with God!
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- Proverbs 16:9
- Acts 8:26, 16:9
- Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 12:1-2
- 1 Corinthians 7
- James 1:5-8
- Acts 20:16, 1 Thessalonians 3:1-2, Acts 6:2-4, Titus 3:12
- 2 Cor 2:12-13
- Acts 15:22-28
Garry Friesen and J. Robin Maxson, Decision Making and the Will of God: A Biblical Alternative to the Traditional View, (Portland, OR: Multnomah, 1980).
Joy Dawson, Forever Ruined for the Ordinary, US: YWAM Publishing, 2006.
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