Christians are taught to pause and ask God for answers before moving ahead with their plans. Literally, we wait for signs before we can progress to the next level. We do so, so that our mistakes would be minimal, more time saved, no unnecessary heartaches. This is ideally, living according to God’s will.
I have no qualms about this. It is wise to wait for God and learn His will before making major decisions in life. This is sound advice. But I’ve also learned that God, in His infinite wisdom, at times conceal a matter, so that we can search out for it on our own.
It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2
Searching for God’s will in contrast to waiting for His will to happen. I heard it somewhere that God designed the universe in such a way that we will be moved to search and discover answers to its strategically plotted mysteries. Through this adventure, we will also discover more His majesty and glory.
I believe God does not take it against us to go along our daily grinds and adventures in life, making things happen on our own, looking for ways to find where we can best fit in and utilize our gifts, as long as we dedicate every move we take to Him; as long as we commit our plans to Him; as long as we know deep within our hearts that He is in control, that He is the prime mover of our destiny.
I believe God gives us the freedom and enough independence to make our own choices when He is silent. Because even if it turned out that that decision was wrong, it doesn’t mean that He isn’t going to be there for us when we fall. He, at times, allow us to make bad choices so we can experience His loving discipline.
Because the LORD disciplines those He loves, as a father [to] the son he delights in. Proverbs 3:12
Because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son. Hebrews 12:6
Mistakes are inevitable. There are times that we can avoid them through wise counsel, while, in the absence of it, we suffer its consequences. Mistakes will always be a part of our existence and by God’s grace and mercy, He will turn our mistakes into something good. Consequently, allowing us to grow and mature, depend on Him more, and experience His love and forgiveness like never before.
I believe having God frees us from the fear of the unknown. Having Him makes us move in this life with courage and faith, trusting that He in His own time would intervene when He sees us going in the wrong direction, when we call on Him and pray. Sometimes, there is no Yes or No, sometimes He withholds His answer and let our own experience be the answer.