Epiphany 2, Monday, Year B

Inspired by 1 Samuel 9:27-10:8 

“Now when these signs meet you, do whatever you see fit to do, for God is with you.” 1 Samuel 10:7 (NRSV) 

When we’re faced with a difficult decision, we often pray for guidance so that we’ll know what the ‘right’ choice is. We want to know what God wants us to do. And we fear choosing ‘wrong,’ afraid not only of the consequences of a bad choice, of but God’s wrath for not correctly discerning his will.

It’s good to seek God’s guidance in our decisions. But God doesn’t have one single prescribed path for each of us that we risk ruin and damnation if we accidentally deviate from it. When we seek God in all that we do, when we remain focused on him as a regular part of living our ordinary lives, we have a good idea of what choices will be pleasing to God, and what choices would serve to drive us away from him. Clearly we want to avoid the second, but just as there are multiple ways in which to serve the Lord, there are multiple choices we can make that would be in accordance with his will. When God’s will is a regular consideration in all that we do, he is with us as we do as we see fit. And if we fail to consider him and end up making a bad decision that drives us further away from him, he will always be there, calling us back to him, ready to embrace us in his grace.

Let us pray. Generous God, you have granted us many freedoms in your creation. Guide us in our choices, that we may always serve you according to the gifts you have given each of us. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.