Choosing to Inquire

Saturday April 2, 2011

We are bombarded with so many decisions today.  Every day.  And with those decisions come all kinds of choices that we can make.  Take for instance.  When I was in grade school, there were only a couple of shoes that you could choose from and either black or white.  It was wonderful when they came out with red all-stars.  There were only a couple of jeans to choose from.  Only one school to go to.  There were four car dealers to choose from with a limited supply of cars.  You usually had to order your car and what you wanted on it which took 6 weeks to get.  The choices were limited, but now the choices are so complex with hundreds of shoes to choose from depending on what you are going to do.

It becomes rather easy to become frozen in making choices, or use our personal desires to drive our choices.  Sometimes I find myself making choices without inquiring from the Creator of my life as to what He wants me to do.  God created us with a mind which can at times get in the way of seeking His direction for our lives.

A prime example of this in found in I Chronicles 15:13.  The backdrop of this story is an incident where David was bringing back the ark of the covenant and Uzzah, who was going along side the ark on a cart, reached out and touched the ark and died instantly.  David hadn’t consulted the Lord about how He wanted the ark to come back and and not carrying it, they put it on a cart.  David says, “It was because of you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the Lord our God broke out in anger against us.  We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.”  Even David at times didn’t consult with the Lord about what His plan was.  It’s encouraging and yet at the same time sobering to realize that some or many of my plans that go adrift can be attributed to my lack of seeking or inquiring of the Lord about what He wants.

On this journey, we could do well to slow down and seek the Lord as to our next steps to prevent us from having to back up from a dead-end.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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