We make thousands of decisions a day, but it’s the BIG decisions that we struggle with. Should I take that job? Where should I go to school? Is it best for my family to move out of state? Sometimes these questions can really weigh on us and when we don’t have criteria to aid us in making the decision, we hastily make a poor decision simply because we ran out of time and were forced to make a choice. Obviously we cannot make decisions for one another, but today Jeff shares seven points of guidance from the Bible that will help you make a wise decision for yourself, your family, and your eternal life. Stay tuned, now that’s a good decision!
7 Points from the Bible to Aid Decision Making
1) Before deciding on an attitude or action, pray for guidance. Don’t trust yourself, but look for help.
Proverbs 2:6 – “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Proverbs 28:26 – “He who trusts in his own mind is a fool; but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.”
2) Gather the important data. Search for everything you can find (knowledge) on the topic.
Proverbs 13:16 – “In everything a prudent man acts with knowledge, but a fool flaunts his folly.”
3) Talk to people who are knowledgeable in the area you are deciding about.
Proverbs 11:14 – “Where there is no guidance, a people falls; but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”
Proverbs 18:1-2 – “He who is estranged seeks pretexts to break out against all sound judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”
Proverbs 18:13 – “If one gives answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.”
Proverbs 24:6 – “For by wise guidance you can wage war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.”
Sirach 37:10-11 – Be wary of advice givers.
Proverbs 20:14 – Choose your counselors carefully.
Sirach 37:12; 9:15 – Ask the righteous for wisdom and advise
Proverbs 3:6; Tobit 4:19 Always take the matter to God in prayer
4) What will this decision cost you? Think about your time, money, your gifts, resources available.
Proverbs 20:25 – “It is a snare for a man to say rashly, “It is holy,” and to reflect only after making his vows.”
Proverbs 19:2 – “Also it is not good for a person to be without knowledge, and he who makes haste with his feet errs.”
Proverbs 21:5 – “The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to want.”
Proverbs 14:15 – “The simple believes everything, but the prudent looks where he is going.”
Questions to Ask Yourself
Is this a “once in lifetime” opportunity?
Do you feel like you’re going to miss out if you pass this opportunity by?
How does your experience play into this decision? Proverbs 26:11 “Like a dog that returns to it vomit, is a fool who repeats his folly.”
If my decision were sent out on the social media network, would the Lord and my family be proud?
Take stock of patterns in your life (triggers).
Take into consideration how your family heritage might be effecting this decision (success of parents or siblings).
5) Anticipate the hurdles you will face and push back you may encounter.
Proverbs 22:3 – “A prudent man sees danger and hides himself; but the simple go on, and suffer for it.”
6) Consider your reputation and witness.
Proverbs 10:9 – He who walks in integrity walks securely, but he who perverts his ways will be found out.
Proverbs 20:7 – “A righteous man who walks in his integrity — blessed are his sons after him!”
7) Don’t wait for perfection. If you have to be perfect, you will never accomplish what God is asking of you.
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