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Not Deciding, Is Deciding

I have been in the midst of making some decisions lately and it reminded me of a post I wrote years ago. I needed this reminder today, maybe you do to:

For several days in a row as I have driven back and forth on our country road, an indecisive squirrel has stood almost like a statue while facing my huge suburban head on. My comment to this little bushy-tailed creature has been the same on each occasion, “You better move it squirrelly; make a decision or it will be made for you.” (I really am nicer than this statement sounds, I promise.) 

When it comes to making decisions and then going forward with them, I tend to waver like my furry friend. What I’m beginning to understand about this “middle-the-road-picture” is that not deciding, really is deciding. The result of my back-and-forth-ism is that I either miss out on an opportunity altogether or I make an unnecessary mess of things. If I have been given wisdom from the Lord either from His word, or from a sermon, or from godly counsel, and I am wavering in obedience to it… then guess what… I am not obeying. And because of disobedience, natural consequences will follow
God loves to give wisdom, but He also expects us to act on it. Hear His word on this:
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect to receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man unstable in all his ways. James 1:5-8
When you and I hear from the Lord, let us both trust Him wholeheartedly in what He is telling us to do. Let us not waste time in weighing our options all over again. If He has spoken, obey Him. We must move in faith to the right or to the left, wherever He is pointing. Take confidence that HE is ultimately the One who establishes our steps. 
So let the indecisive (and sometimes very unfortunate) squirrels teach us: not deciding, really is deciding. Let’s MOVE out of the middle of the road and then scurry along in faithful obedience.