Decisions. Decisions. Life is so full of decisions. Everywhere we turn, we need to make decisions one way or another. Should I have piece of pie or a piece of fruit? That decision in itself is enough to send one around the bend a time or two. Or what about concerning decisions such as when to allow my child to have their own cell phone or should I quit my job or go back to school? Should we move? Do I declare bankruptcy? Do I upgrade my vehicle? When should we sell our calves? You get the picture. There are so many, many decisions we have to make on a daily basis and at times it can be very disconcerting and distracting.
The Spirit of God, otherwise known as Holy Spirit, has been given to us to be our helper, our comforter and our teacher. He is our right-hand man, so to speak, to help us make these big and little decisions all day every day. He promises to guide us into all truth. That’s not just some religious jargon to make things sound all rosy and great. That’s where the rubber meets the road. …when all ‘hell’ breaks loose and you are struggling to know which way to turn. He promises to give us divine direction each time we ask or are listening for His leading.
We have seen evidence of the Holy Spirit’s direction many times when it comes to buying vehicles. The first time we felt this was on a car-buying trip to Regina. There were a couple cars we wanted to look at and we were confident the first one we had chosen to see would be the one to buy. Our first impression was one of a let-down. We took it for a test drive and although everything ‘appeared’ great, we had a ‘check’ in our spirit. It just didn’t feel right. No matter what the ad said and how we initially thought it was in the bag, we left feeling a little deflated and discouraged that it wasn’t the one. We thought we may as well go check out the other car that was advertised, although we were confident we were wasting our time.
Upon coming up to the driveway of the ‘waste-of-our-time car’, we were pleasantly surprised. Both Hubby and I felt a jump in our insides and seemed excited that this may be better than expected. We had prayed, once again, that we would have direction and this time we both had peace in our spirits that this really was the car. It was priced a little higher than we had wanted to pay and so we gave an offer that seemed pretty low but it was all we could pay at the time. Without hesitation, the seller took the offer and we sealed the deal. Both parties were happy. We left with a car far above what we had anticipated.
“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds] …”
The lesson we learned when buying this car was life changing. That car lasted us many years; our white Olds Cutlass Supreme was truly blessed. We put thousands of miles on that baby and it worked until the day we could replace it. Kenneth E. Hagin is often quoted with this: “Success is always the result of following the leading of the Holy Spirit.”
To date, I could tell you about the little blue Grand Am we bought for pennies on the dollar, the reliable Silverado that still keeps on ticking or my latest little bug that’s been an absolute answer to prayer. As we have allowed the Holy Spirit to give us direction, He has brought the right vehicles to us at the right time at the right price. We’ve never ended up with any lemons in our driveway, thanks to the fact we’ve allowed the Holy Spirit to direct us in our vehicle purchases. I look forward to the next amazing truck we’re going to be blessed with! That’s on our radar now.
Just remember, success will come your way (maybe not how you anticipate it) when you listen to the Holy Spirit! He will lead you in ALL truth!
“These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
Scripture references: John 14:25, John 15:26, John 16:7, Colossians 3:15