Editorial: The Cover

FFF 7:9 (Sept 1961)

Editorial: The Cover

J. Boyd Nicholson

Heads Or Tails

The front cover of this volume pictured a pile of coins.

At the toss of a coin, the worlding can make his decision. At least, a minor one. Many times, I suppose the puzzled Christian wishes he could as easily find out the answer to his dilemma.

How to make the right decision is probably the Christian’s most constant problem over the years.

How many books and papers have been written on this subject .. . “How to know the will of God?”

When the decision is between that which is right and that which is wrong,

according to Scriptural principle or precedent, then the problem is really one of obedience or disobedience; of my will or God’s will.

What is so confusing to many of us is when the choice is between two “right” things. Neither course of action contravenes a Scriptural principle and the only concern is whether the outcome will be for God’s glory, the good of others and ourselves.

It has been said that there are three things which will show the way to take. 1) scriptural principle, 2) inward conviction, and 3)the force of circumstance.

But what if all is darkness? Seemingly no scriptural principle is involved. The believer has no clear exercise or stubborn will in the matter and circumstances are at a standstill? . . . and you must decide TODAY.

Perhaps that is where the reader is right now. Oh, the dilemma of deadline decisions!

In such a case it is surely a test of faith. You must ACT . . . believingly. “Believe what?” you ask. Believe in the over-ruling power and overshadowing tender love of your Heavenly Father,

This may be a strange thought, but in the final analysis it is not vital that we KNOW God’s will. It is vital only that we DO it.

How can we do it if do not know it?

God is absolute, and He will control the outcome of any decision made in the darkness by one whose will is malleable and yielded to His sovereignty.

“If any man WILL DO His will, he shall know . . .” is a scripture that indicates at once that the knowledge of the mind of God must be preceded by the willingness to do it, without necessarily first knowing what it is.

Take the step! God will honour your faith be it ever so feeble and He will give you what you long for right now, peace of mind and further light on the path for the next step.