THE ROAD TO RIGHT DECISION
Are you wrestling with a decision? Are you in a crossroads and not sure what path to take? Do you experience struggles in life decision making process? For some people, they can decide things easily. But for most of us, it is difficult to know if what we did was right.
We make decisions everyday. Some are minor like deciding on daily routines, what to cook, what to wear, while on the other hand, are major decisions that requires much thought, effort, and prayer. If you are single and in a relationship and was asked for a proposal of getting married, that’s a major decision, only one answer of it, either “Yes” or “No” would make a big turnaround in your life.
God has gifted us with wisdom and expects us to use it wisely. We can ask guidance from Him and always have prayer with you. I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course. So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die. (Jeremiah 10:23–24 NLT)
Now fasten your seatbelts as we start our drive to the road of right decision.
1. First Vicinity: Go to God
The first step of Christian decision making is a right relationship with God through faith in Jesus (MOTIVE).
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God
Proverbs 16 We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer. (NLT)
John 15:5: I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
2. Second Vicinity: Go to God’s Word
To get to know God and his character is to study his Word. You will find clear direction in God’s Word. Find out what the Bible says about the situation? It won’t take long before you’re able to judge situations and circumstances with a new view. If God has already revealed his will in Scripture, your only response is to obey. Decisions are easier because you already know in advance the direction you want your life to take.
Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. (NIV)
3. Third Vicinity: Go and obtain counsel
Choose individuals who will offer sound biblical advice and not just say what you want to hear. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we often counsel one another from what we’ve learned through our mistakes. Take advantage of this counsel and learn from the mistakes of others. A pastor, elder, parent, or simply a mature believer can often contribute important insight, answer questions, remove doubts and confirm inclinations.
Proverbs 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. (NIV)
1 Corinthians 11:1 Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (NIV)
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. (NLT)
4. Fourth Vicinity: Go and focus on the goal
Be glad about your progress. Little by little as you gain wisdom from God’s Word, you’ll begin to see the results reflected in your decisions. Never give up!
Hebrews 12:1-3 And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. (NLT)
It takes time to develop good judgment, but once you make the commitment to move forward in this area, you’re halfway there. Working with God is continuous, but it is worth the effort.