Life can be an endless “roller-coaster-ride” of decision-making, planning, and coping. The unexpected events we all experience can cause us to change our plans or tweak our decisions. Consider the happy homemaker who was content to home school her four children, whose husband passed away in a freak accident at work, or the budding sports star who was unexpectedly injured severely during practice, who now can’t use one of his legs. These unsuspecting individuals had a plan for their lives, but through no fault of their own, had to change their plans. None of us are exempt from the unexpected, which is one of the most important reasons to stay close to Yahweh.
Psalm 139:3 says, “You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment You know where I am.” Yahweh, of course, cares for His people. Nothing escapes His attention.
Yahweh’s plan for us is always for our good, even though pain and struggles often blind us to that reality. We can rest assured that the end result will be marvelous if we remain in Yahweh. He wants us to follow the path that will be most pleasing to Him. Unknown paths can frighten us, but just knowing that we have a Helper is a great comfort.
Consider the following scriptures:
“Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure. Then you will understand what it means to fear Yahweh.” (Proverbs 2:3-5) This means we should actively seek out Yahweh’s will for our lives.
“Come let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the temple of the Elohim of Israel. There He will teach us His ways, so that we may obey Him.” (Isaiah 2:3) Be willing to submit to His teachings. Don’t allow stubborn pride to keep you from Him.
“Oh that we might know Yahweh! Let us press on to know Him! Then He will respond to us.” (Hosea 6:3a) This describes a deep relationship with Yahweh. He will not respond in a casual relationship—we must actively seek to know Him.
“If you want to know what Yahweh wants you to do, ask Him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking.” (James 1:5) Just as earthly, human parents enjoy it when their children come to them, so our Heavenly Father does also.
We can know Yahweh’s will by reading His Word regularly. For instance, we learn that it is His will for us to serve others. It is also His will that we obey His laws for living. When we obey Yahweh, we prevent a lot of potential problems that could beset us. Times are not getting easier in this world we live in. Let us all strive to remain in His will.