On the winding path of life, we are met with many twists and turns. Some of these turns may leave us perplexed, while others we foreshadowed by the series of events that led up to it. Then there are moments where we are faced with a decision. Some seem insignificant, while others are labeled “the most important decisions of our lives.”
What makes a decision important? Is there a certain checklist that we use when identifying what constitutes an important decision from an unimportant one? The truth is what may seem like an important decision to me, may seem like something as insignificant as what color lipstick to wear on any given day of the week to you.
Yet everyday we are faced with decisions.
What does God’s will for our lives have to do with the decisions that we make? How do those tie together? Or is there no connection at all?
There’s a story I want to share with you. A story about a man named David. He also happened to be a King. One day during the season where Kings were supposed to be in battle, he decided to stay in his kingdom and leave his men to do all the dirty work. Now I’m not sure if he was having a bad day, or just felt like he had better things to do. The truth is that regardless of how he felt he was supposed to be with his men in battle. Yet he wasn’t. Now that he was home during a time he should not have been, he happened to see a woman that he had never seen before. Bathing. He sent messengers to find out who she was because she was so beautiful. Word came back to him that she was married. David decided to send for her anyway. He wanted this woman to be his woman even though she belonged to someone else. But wait, it gets worse. After David does indeed have this woman, she becomes pregnant. He then tried to cover her pregnancy by deceiving her husband to leave his fellow men (soldiers) and sleep with his wife. He refused. So David has him killed in battle.
What would cause a man to do all of this? How could the man whom God had anointed and set above to be King to do something like this? Why such a tangled web of lies? The truth is that it is easy to see the mess that David created, but it is harder to see the root of the problem.
The answer is simple, David stepped out of alignment.
The moment he decided to stay behind during a season where he had a responsibility in the position that God had given him, he stepped out of God’s will, and walked in his own. It didn’t take long for things to spiral out of control either. David was fooled into thinking that he could step outside of God’s will for him, while still keeping the position that he gave him, and not wreak havoc in his life.
He was wrong.
Not only did he wreak havoc in his life, he also destroyed another mines life.
As intense as David’s situation may be, we are not too different. Each of us have moments in our lives where we don’t want to operate within the position that God has given us. We would prefer to do something else. The scary part is that we often overlook that if we do what we prefer and walk outside the will of God, we open ourselves to lured further and further out of alignment and into the danger zone.
So what do we do? How do we get back into God’s will if we have accidentally stepped out?
1. Communicate With God- If you feel you have stepped out of alignment, it is so much easier to avoid communication with God. When we are out of position it is easier to feel distant from God. Whether it be because we feel “undeserving” of his presence or because he may be silent at that moment in particular. That is why it is imperative to still communicate with him during this time. Let him know how you feel, ask him to show you where you went wrong if you are unsure, and ask him to guide you back to where you need to be.
2. Follow The Instructions: When we are out of position it is easy to feel lost. That is why we must allow God to be our compass to bring us back into position. When we communicate with him in step one, if our heart is really in the right place and we really do want to get back to position then he will give us an instruction. Whether it be through his word, a whisper, or through the mouth of a wise mentor he will give us the steps that we need to take to get back into position with him.
3. Walk It Out- Being out of alignment can open a window in our lives that creates chaos that must be cleaned up once we get back on track. This is where things can get tricky. It may seem easier to stay out of position than to deal with the aftermath. Stay on track! God will help you to walk it out, and be there with you. He will not leave you during this time. It may not be pretty but let that be your consolation if the mess seems to be overwhelming.
I hope that you find these steps to be helpful during this time of your journey. Remember God loves you and wants the best for you. We all make mistakes but he does not want us to live in condemnation. He wants us to be all that we can be and will help us to get there!
P.S. This topic is so important that I have even listed some additional steps from the facebook live discussion we had this week about this subject. I hope that you find these helpful.
1. Heed The Warning- This step is imperative. Although we may have stepped out momentarily God will always give us a warning before we enter the “destruction zone.” However, it is totally up to us to heed the warning. If we do not, we cannot be surprised at how things spiral out of control.
2. Resist Temptation: Once the warning has come we have a choice to either resist temptation (whatever it may be) or fall into it. When we resist temptation we are strengthening ourselves to get back to Gods will and plan for our lives.
3. Repent: No matter how insignificant it may seem to you being out of alignment is a really big deal. It determines whether you fulfill your God given purpose or live a live that God never ordained you to have. People always view the word “Repent” as a bad thing. That’s a complete load of garbage! What an honor and a privilege we have to be able to “repent” and have the ability to get back into position with God!