Decisions

20 05 2010

Hey guys,

As summer quickly approaches here are some thoughts from Mariya about making decisions in a Godly way.

Decisions

by Mariya Jones

“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

In this verse, James is expressing our need for wisdom not only as knowledge, but also as discernment. We must make wise decisions all the time. The difficult part is knowing what the right decision to make is. God tells us that if we just pray and ask Him for guidance, He will grant it to us. God wants us to make good decisions for our lives, but often we fall short and go the wrong direction. If we turn to God and ask him for support and guidance, He will be our wise leader and show us the right path.

In my Bible in the book of 1 Corinthians, there is a table with questions about how we should go about making decisions. It says:

If I choose one course of action:

…does it help my witness for Christ?

…am I motivated by a desire to help others know Christ?

…does it help me do my best?

…is it against a specific command in Scripture and would thus cause me to sin?

…is it the best and most beneficial course of action?

…am I thinking only of myself, or do I truly care about the other person?

…am I acting lovingly or selfishly?

…does it glorify God?

…will it cause someone else to sin?

Before we make a major decision, we must know in our hearts that it is truly what God wants for our lives. We must be certain that He is the center of everything that we are about to do. This will create a stronger relationship with God by realizing He is our rock and provider.

If we become impatient on waiting for the right answer from God, this can be disastrous. Sometimes God’s timing is very different from our own, and part of how He shapes us is by making us wait for His command. God will come through; we just have to trust Him completely. In 1 Samuel 13, Saul does not obey the command given to him by God through Samuel. He doesn’t trust God to care for him and his people, and thus makes a foolish decision. This foolish decision leads to a dire consequence. Samuel informs him that since he did not obey him, Saul’s kingdom will not endure. 1 Samuel 13:11-14

“‘What have you done?’ asked Samuel.

Saul replied, ‘When I saw that the men were scattering, and that you did not come at the set time, and that the Philistines were assembling at Micmash, I thought, ‘Now the Philistines will come down against me at Gilgal, and I have not sought the Lord’s favor.’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering.’

‘You acted foolishly,’ Samuel said. ‘You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. But now your kingdom will not endure; the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.’”

If we cannot trust in the Lord and wait for his clear decision, we will suffer like Samson suffered under the Philistines for choosing to be with Delilah. Have you ever made a decision and later faced the consequences for it? Wait, who hasn’t? We all make mistakes and learn after we have had to suffer the consequences. For some situations, the consequences are small compared to what could have happened. For others of us, the result is something we will live with for the rest of our lives.

God doesn’t want us to take on the burden of making major life decisions on our own. We trust him for guidance and lean on fellow Christians for support. We can’t always do everything on our own. This is why God gave us the church, so that when we find that church family we belong to, we can learn from their wisdom and decision making processes. God doesn’t turn his back on us, even when we make completely wrong decisions. He guides us and all we have to do is trust that guidance and seek it in our daily lives. What is God leading you to do?

Blessings!

To the King!

Katy

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