"A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless." Proverbs 14:16
The decisions that we make determine the course of our life, whether we stay in the center of God’s will or stray away from it. The problem is that our decisions are often influenced by our own sin nature, the manipulations of others, guilt feelings and false expectations of others rather than by the Word of God and the will of God. If we could learn to make better decisions, not only could we avoid many of the pitfalls of life, but we could also be intentional about saying ‘yes’ to the things of God.
The next time you need to make a decision, consider the following verses:
"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?" Luke 14:28
"For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ." Galatians 1:10
"Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed." Proverbs 15:22
"But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment." James 5:12
"A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger." Proverbs 15:1
When you are put on the spot to make a decision, do not answer on the spot. Tell them you’ll let them know in 24 hours. Get away with God and pray. Make sure your number one goal is to be in the center of God’s will. Review your priorities and the cost of the decision. Make sure it lines up with God’s Word and keeps your spiritual and family priorities in order. Check your motives. Is guilt motivating you? Are you worried about what others will think? Are you worried that if you don’t do it, it won’t get done? Is your heart yielded to God? Are you avoiding responsibility that should be yours? God does expect us to step out of our comfort zone and take steps of faith. Seek godly counsel. Those with wisdom and experience can help us make good choices.
Every day we make decisions. When you say ‘no,’ say it gently and kindly. You do not have to give a reason. When you say ‘yes’, mean it. Put it on your calendar and show yourself to be faithful.
Posted on Wed, June 24, 2015
by Sam Petitfils