When It’s NOT Black and White

1 The LORD is my shepherd;
      I have all that I need.
 2 He lets me rest in green meadows; 
      he leads me beside peaceful streams.
    3 He renews my strength. 
   He guides me along right paths,
      bringing honor to his name.
 4 Even when I walk
      through the darkest valley, 
   I will not be afraid, 
      for you are close beside me.
   Your rod and your staff
      protect and comfort me.
 5 You prepare a feast for me
      in the presence of my enemies.
   You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
      My cup overflows with blessings.
 6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
      all the days of my life,
   and I will live in the house of the LORD
      forever. – Psalm 23

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to listen to Pastor Steven Furtick preach a message in their current series “Grey Matter – Making Decisions That Matter When It’s Not Black And White.” I want to share with you a few points that were made that really spoke to my heart that may help you in some things that you may be going through.

1. You can trust God’s will without knowing His ways

One of the biggest struggles I have had in my life is trying to understand why everything happens. In other words, I want answers and explanations for everything. What God has been teaching me in this process is to trust His will above understanding his ways. Isaiah 55:8 says it this way,

“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.
      “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”

Stop spending all your time trying to understand the things you do not know and start doing the things you do know.

2. Going to everyone else for answers cuts God out of the equation

One of our most natural tendencies when it comes to uncertainties is to get answers immediately. The problem that arises when we want immediate answers is that we turn to other people, google search, tv personalities, etc for our answers first. Why? The answer is simple. They give immediate answers even if they’re wrong. Matthew 6:33 says,

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Before you look anywhere else, go to God first! Because he is the author and finisher of our faith, he knows the answers. Trust his counsel.

3. Stop looking for clarity and look for God

When the brilliant ethicist John Kavanaugh went to work for 3 months at “the house of the dying” in Calcutta, he was seeking a clear answer as to how best to spend the rest of his life. On the first morning there he met Mother Teresa. She asked, “And what can I do for you?” Kavanaugh asked her to pray for him. “What do you want me to pray for?” she asked. He voiced the request that he had borne thousands of miles from the United States. “Pray that I have clarity.” She said firmly, “No, I will not do that.” When he asked her why, she said, “Clarity is the last thing you are clinging to and must let go of.”

In the grey areas of life, getting clarity often takes faith out of the equation. God wants us to trust Him.