Have you ever found yourself walking on an unfamiliar path, unsure of what your next step should be? You wonder if you should go forward, take a different path or stay where you are.
You need to decide what the next â€œright stepâ€ is.
How do you decide what to do? What do you think about? You want to determine if the next step is the right one based on what you know about the situation and what may lie ahead. You need a way to â€œtest your steps.â€
Just like we might need to physically test our steps on a new path, we also need to â€œspiritually test our steps.â€ We have many opportunities which will arise and decisions needing to be made, whether in the workplace or in our personal lives. How do we decide if we should change jobs, start our own business or not work outside the home? Â What should be the next step in our career path? Â
Do you find yourself in this type of situation right now? Consider the following â€œstep-testsâ€ as you determine what your next step should be.
Step-Test Number 1: Pray about the situation and ask God to be with you in every step of your decision making. Ask Him for wisdom to know what to do.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. James 1: 5-6
Step-Test Number 2: Study Godâ€™s Word. Is there a commandment or principle which clearly gives you a â€œYesâ€ or a â€œNo?â€ Some things are very clear regarding what God says is right or wrong.
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path Psalm 119: 105
Step Test Number 3: Study Godâ€™s Word. Is there a principle that gives you direction on what your next step should be?
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
Step Test Number 4: Consider what implications the next step would have on your family, your time and your personal health.
There is a time for everything, and as season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1
Step Test Number 5: Speak with godly, wise people you respect and ask for their advice or input.
Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22
Dear Heavenly Father: In the decisions and opportunities in my life, my desire is to do Your will. Â Help me to never take a step without considering what Your will is in the particular situation I may, or may not, step into. Â Help me to always pray first and remember what your Word says. Remind me to consider how others may be affected by my decision and also to obtain wise advice from others. In Jesusâ€™ Name, Amen.
Putting it into Practice this Week at Work:
Monday: On a scale of â€œ1 to 10â€, with â€œ1â€ being rarely, and â€œ10â€ being always, do you use a specific spiritual process to determine what next step you should take?
For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8
Tuesday: What visual can you give yourself this week to pray first for decisions that arise and then use a specific process to make your decision? Perhaps it can be a picture of praying hands on your screen saver or a piece of jewellery to remind you that the first step is always to turn to God.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
Wednesday: Do you have a decision to make and you are unsure what your next step should be? After you have turned to God and asked for His wisdom and direction, turn to His Word to see what He says. There may be a specific instruction of what is right or wrong, or there may be principles upon which you will be able to base your decision.
I have considered my ways and have turned my steps to Your statutes. Â Psalm 119:59
Thursday: What has Godâ€™s Word revealed to you? Do you have peace regarding what it will mean for you and your family? If you are still unsure, have you spoken to people who love the Lord, and know you well, to get their input or advice?
I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalm 32:8
Friday: Do you know someone who has a difficult decision to make and is not sure what to do? Perhaps you can walk with them through this process by sharing these 5 steps with them.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and will all your strength. The second is this: â€œLove your neighbour as yourself.â€ There is no commandment greater than these. Mark 12:30-31
May God richly bless you this week as you walk with Him, step by step.
Bonny, Christian Women at Work