Have you ever consulted God before you made that stupid mistake or very dumb decision? I mean, is God in your inner circle of friends and family?

Is He a part of that group in whom you confide about your most personal problems, your deepest feelings? Is He allowed to know your real goals, your real dreams, those things you tell only a select few?

We’re talking about the good and the bad.

If you, like me, had to think twice about this, then God is probably not high on your list of priorities when it comes to decision-making.

I am now so convinced that had I known how much He loved me, I would have asked God to help me navigate my life ages ago. It is my current and permanent belief that had I done so, many of my stupid mistakes and dumb decisions would have indeed been avoided.

You see, one of the great distractions in the physical world is relying too much on that which we can see and that which we can touch. It becomes our pseudo version of the truth to believe in.

Too often, we think the answer to our complex predicament lies in the advice of others who “have been there” and the solution to our personal turmoil somehow can be found if we just think it through long enough.

Proverbs tells us that ‘even a fool is thought wise’ and ‘a fool’s mouth will be his undoing.’ It follows then that confusion reigns supreme in any circumstance void of God.

If you’re honest with yourself and give it a shot, can you imagine what the outcome would have been had you had an honest talk with God before you did that stupid thing that you did: remember, the one with the consequences you’re still dealing with?

How often, in hindsight, have you been able to see the error of your ways, the stupidity of your passions and the frailty of your will?

How many mornings have you awakened out of a mental stupor confounded by the sheer idiocy of what you participated in the night before?

I submit to you that a brief pause to consult the Almighty might just have made the difference before the infamous morning after. In reality, I think this is part of being saved.

This very powerful revelation, simply stated, is if you include God as part of your inner circle, make His Word a part of your reference material…if you make His Son your personal confidant, then perhaps your quagmire might just become a bridge to your personal Promised Land.

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart. I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

I guess I’m saying the best course of action on any issue is probably making sure you’re appropriately prepared and adequately packed for the journey ahead. That doesn’t necessarily guarantee anything.

But given the circumstances, I’ll take my chances with God riding shotgun.

Looking back, had I taken the opportunity to ask God first, the outcome would definitely have been different. I absolutely know at the very least, peace of mind would have prevailed.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:33-34)

May God bless and be with you always.

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