“And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers…” (Jn. 10:5).
What do you do when you are faced with a decision about things that seem to be completely conflicting? This is where I am in my personal life currently. Life is filled with the need to make many decisions daily because there are so many options available. Having options tend to make things more difficult. Having so many options increases the likelihood of our propensity to make the wrong decision every time.
As a result, it is imperative that we remain singularly focused upon what the Lord is showing and speaking to us. When we begin to entertain the available options, we begin to open up Pandora’s Box, so to speak (Jn. 10:10). In other words, we complicate matters. Knowing and discerning the voice of the Lord is key if we wish to choose correctly each time. This is why it is of paramount importance that we practice entering the Lord’s presence daily. The more we engage God, the more He engages us. Also, we will be able to remain alert and respond accordingly when He initiates communication and contact with us. It keeps us sensitive to His presence.
In today’s world, we need a Word from the Lord, but we also need to be able to know and discern when He is speaking. Only then, when we find ourselves in the Valley of Decision will we be able to make the most appropriate decision according to the will of the Lord for our lives.