We seem to have trouble, as the body of Christ in the modern world, trusting God when facing big decisions. Perhaps people always have.
Today I was reading in Guard Us, Guide Us: Divine Leading in Life's Decisions by J.I.Packer and Carolyn Nystrom. They had this to say in the prologue:
"... The redeemed community includes two sorts of people, as does the wider world: those who run silly and those who run scared. In terms of the ancient doctrine of the four temperaments, those who run silly tend to be the sanguine and the choleric, while those who run scared tend to be the phlegmatic and the melancholy. In modern language we would label the two types the impulsives and the depressives.
The impulsives are not thoughtful enough in the service of God, being too hasty and superficial and happy-go-lucky to reach wisdom's full seriousness, while the depressives, feeling that things are against them, are not sufficiently trustful to enjoy wisdom's full stability. The pervasive fear of somehow being wrong-footed and let down is always with them, and weakens their spiritual life more than they are aware.
In terms of the classic cardinal virtues, the first type lacks prudence, the second type lacks courage, and both types make mistakes about God's guidance to them by reason of their own particular weakness."
Should be an interesting read.
From there it walks through Psalm 23, showing Christ as our shepherd and guide.
My personality falls in the "tends to run silly" category. But from the time I came to Christ I've had a driving passion to gain wisdom. The book of Proverbs has long been a favorite book of the Bible for me. So I've searched for God's wisdom and sought its stability. Even still, I'm prone to run silly.
I'd like a large helping of wisdom please - but can I get the seriousness in a little cup on the side?
Maybe with a cherry on top?
So, I'm curious to know, which way do you tend to run?
Thankful for God's guidance.