Making Good Decisions
We make decisions all day long every day. Some of those decisions are big and some are small, but all decisions have consequences. Every action we take causes a reaction. We, as believers in Jesus Christ, have an advantage in our decision making. We can and should always be led by the Spirit of God. I know there is a popular saying that people can be heard saying and that is, “I just believe what was meant to be will be.” Can I tell you that sounds religious, but it’s not even true. God has made us all with free wills and what we decide many times cannot be even overridden by God. Let’s look at how God set it up.
In Deuteronomy 30:19 the Lord told us how this life was set up. He said, “I call Heaven and Earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed shall live.” He called Heaven and Earth to record meaning this is how it works. Life and death are set before us and we must choose. We must choose every day all day. The life you and I have today is the sum total of all the choices we have made thus far. I am not saying that if you made a bad choice, you are stuck with it because God will deliver you out of all of your trouble; but to say we are not in control of our own lives and it doesn’t matter what we do is ridiculous. We even see that Moses had to choose between living in the pleasures of sin for a season or going God’s way and obey God according to Hebrews 11:25. We also see what the message Bible calls the Esau Syndrome in Hebrews 12:16-17 where Esau traded his birth right for some food; a decision that cost him dearly. Since we have to make these decisions and since we are born-again, it would be good for us to get some of God’s advice or His wisdom.
The Bible says wisdom is the principal thing and we should get it (Proverbs 4:7). In Proverbs 23:4 we are told to cease from our own wisdom. Also very important is what is said to us in the book of James about wisdom. The Word says if you need wisdom, ask for it (James1:5). If any man lack wisdom, well that is all of us. We all lack the wisdom of God. We should ask for it. The other way to get God’s wisdom is to renew your mind with the Word of God. God’s thoughts and ways are higher than our thoughts and ways, but He wrote them all down so we could have them. The more of God’s wisdom you have, the better decisions you will make.
I want to encourage you to make good decisions, Godly decisions. Those can only be made by knowing you have to make a decision. Not to make a decision is letting someone else, or circumstances or the enemy himself making decisions in our lives. When you get the wisdom of God, you can make quality choices that will affect your life and those around you.