I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
— Psalm 32:8
During World War II, the British Secret Service broke the Nazi code and informed Prime Minister Winston Churchill that the Germans were getting ready to bomb the city of Coventry.
This presented Churchill with a very painful choice. On the one hand, he could evacuate the city and save hundreds of lives. This, however, would tip off the Germans that their code had been broken, causing them to use another one and take the upper hand away from the Allies. Or, Churchill could take no action, which would lead to more deaths but keep the information flowing and save even more lives in the long-term.
With a heavy heart, Churchill took no action. Yet, his decision that day did, in fact, give the Allied Forces access to much more intelligence, a tremendous advantage moving forward, and saved more British lives overall.
Not every decision is black or white, right or wrong, good or evil. If it were, there would be no difficult decisions. Yet, when we encounter these “gray areas” in life – and we will – it’s crucial then we listen to the guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead us in the way God wants us to go.
When life gives you hard choices, seek God’s guidance. Ask Him to open your heart to His Spirit within you. Trust God, in faith, to lead you down the path that will bring about your good and His glory!
Pray now and ask God to give you guidance in the difficult decisions of life. Trust Him as you step out in faith in response to His leading.
Questions for Thought
Think of a time when you encountered a tough decision and didn’t know what to do. How did it make you feel?
What are some difficult decisions you’re facing today? How can you seek God’s guidance for wisdom in these areas?