It’s good to think through how a Christian ought to make decisions, in light of the wisdom of the Scriptures and of God’s gift of reason. Still, my bedrock confidence in every decision I make – especially in those particularly weighty decisions (see Tuesday’s post) – is not in my ability to work faithfully through the criteria set forth in these last three posts. My confidence is based on my doctrine of providence and rests in a sovereign and good God, who governs all things and works all things for good for those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Rom. 8:28). A hymn to the God who faithfully leads us, by Joseph H. Gilmore (1862):
He Leadeth Me
He leadeth me, O bless’d thought!
O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
Whate’er I do, where’er I be
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.
Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s bowers bloom,
By waters still, over troubled sea,
Still ’tis His hand that leadeth me.
Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
Nor ever murmur nor repine;
Content, whatever lot I see,
Since ’tis my God that leadeth me.
And when my task on earth is done,
When by Thy grace the victory’s won,
E’en death’s cold wave I will not flee,
Since God through Jordan leadeth me.