This morning when I was on my way to the airport, I do not know why suddenly flashed a thought about making a decision, a question arises in my mind. As a Christian, how to make a good and wise decisions. Maybe it has something to do with my new job. As a corporate leader I will make a lot of important decisions. I remembered with some books and journals I have ever read that discusses this issue. I immediately tried to recall some essentials thing of the books and I summarize it.
We all make decisions every day – what to eat, who to spend time with, and which tasks to prioritize. We make decisions from simple and easy things to the complex and essentials things. We’re not going to have problem when we had to take a decision on the simple and unimportant things. But problems will emerge when we have to make a decision for a very important thing or when we have to choose between two excellent options. Thus, how to deal it? Below there are some important parameters to guide us to overcome and to be a good and thoughtful decision maker seen from the Christianity point of view.
Have a very close relationship with God
As a Christian and as decision makers this is the most important thing. Have a relationship with God mean we have a good communication with God. And the great way to make communication with God is Prayer. When we should have to make an essential decision we should be bathed in prayer. Praying about your decisions will keep you closely connected to the Lord. Through prayer you can maintain a close relationship with God without which you would not be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading in the decision you need to make. Talk to Him and involve Him in making decisions so that all decisions that we took not from our own wisdom but rather from His wisdom.
Obey God’s Word
God’s commands are to be obeyed. There is no real decision that needs to be made when there is a clear command in the Bible concerning the matter. Simple obedience is the proper response to the Lord’s commands. Don’t complicate a decision because you think the Bible doesn’t apply to your situation.
Trust in God’s lead
We should have to trust that God always lead us in every step of our life. God wants to bless us and give us the best. As well as when we have to make a decision. Let God guide us so that the decisions we make are the best. As you trust in God as our leader, we will have blessings in our life. And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears. (Isaiah 11:2-3)
Apply Biblical principles
As a Christians, we have a very remarkable book of life in which we can learn everything about this life. This is not just a book but this book is the Word of God, we called the book is Holly Bible. God has given us principles in His Word that we should apply. There are many different principles, but here are some to be highlighted. First, Doubt Principle: When you are unsure as to whether an activity is right or wrong, the Doubt Principle says that you should not do the activity. According to Romans 14:21 and 23 we should not engage in activities if we are unsure as to whether it is appropriate. In fact, the Bible goes as far as to say that engaging in an activity when you are not convinced it is the right thing to do is sin. The second, Association Principle: We should not associate ourselves with that which is (or may be) inappropriate. We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:22 to abstain from activities that have the appearance of evil. What is the dominant association of the activity? If people see you doing it, will they immediately think you are involved in something inappropriate for a Christian? If so, then you should not participate.
Stretch Your Faith
Even after each of the previous steps we may not know the final decision we should make. Allow God to take His time in showing us. Trust that He will reveal His will when it is time. God doesn’t always answer or give direction on our time-table. He works His own plans in His own way. Trust that He has done this enough to know exactly what you need and when you need it.
Desires of Your Heart
The Bible says to delight in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4, 5). I think these verses are often used to say that God will give us anything we want. But notice that verse 4 comes with a condition. If we delight in Him, He will give us our desires. This could be read, “He will give you what you desire,” or “He will give you the right desires.” Ultimately these are the same thing. If we have the desires that He wants us to have, then we will receive what we desire. The following verse says that if we will then commit that desire to Him, He will bring it to pass.
Work through the previous steps and God will show you the right decision. When it comes down to choosing between two good choices and God does not give any clear direction, then the final step indicates that you can choose the one you most desire. Then trust God to bring it to pass. Remember though, that this promise is to those who are pleasing and right in the sight of God. Otherwise we won’t know what the right choice is.
Conclusion: making decisions could be an easy thing but it can also be difficult. But despite all that, the most important thing is always involve God’s will when making decisions. Let every decision we make is not coming from our own wisdom but wisdom derived from God.
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