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Decision Making and the Will of God

Flipping a coin, going through open doors, and goosebumps are all something we hear when people talk about making decisions.  Fear of making a wrong decision can paralyze us into inactivity.  Acting spontaneously or going by feeling alone can lead us to long-lasting undesirable consequences.  As believers, an oft-spoken prayer in the area of decision-making is to ask for God’s will to be done and then for spiritual wisdom.

As I read of King Solomon’s life in the book of I Kings, I was impacted by the fact that wise decisions in one season of life does not automatically mean a life where sound judgments continue!  King Solomon “had it all” after he asked God, above everything, to give him wisdom to lead his people.  God was well-pleased with such a prayer and granted Solomon not only wisdom but riches and respect from those around him.  Solomon did some tremendous things!

Piero della Francesca: Legend of the True Cros...

Piero della Francesca: Legend of the True Cross – the Queen of Sheba Meeting with Solomon , Detail. (c. 1452-66, Fresco, San Francesco, Arezzo, Italy) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But decisions are a day-by-day occurence and a little less conviction one day followed by a teensy weensy slide into mediocrity the next eventually produces a downward slide of epic proportions.  Solomon, the builder of the great temple, eventually found himself worshiping false gods to please his many wives.  There are many bad decisions represented in that last sad sentence!

How often in life we know people who have had a season of sound decision-making based on seeking God’s will and months or years later we find that same person miles away from where they once were spiritually.  What can happen to other people can happen to us – no one is immune from the enemy’s attacks.  One of Satan’s craftiest ploys is in drawing people away one little “innocent” decision at a time.

Such reality can keep us on our knees, especially when there is a decision to be made.  For weapons, in this spiritual battle of decision-making, we have the Bible as a compass, prayer to bring us into God’s presence, wise counsel from godly Christ followers, God-directed circumstances, the shield of faith to ward off stabs of unbelief and especially the peace of God which works even in situations we do not understand.

Rather, cling tightly to the Lord your God as you have done until now.  Joshua 23:8 (NLT)

 

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What is God up to?

Crossroads seem to abound on the highway of life.  We are presented with decisions and often the circumstance dictates that if we choose to ignore the reality of the situation and do not respond, truly, “not to decide IS to decide.”  It can be overwhelming at times.  If we take the mindset that we are the captain of our own souls there is incredible pressure, because the supposed outcome would be all up to us.  It is with a great sense of relief that I believe and know to the marrow that indeed, I am NOT the captain of my soul.  With an ongrowing trust I place that title on Jesus.  Ahhh, now that feels better.

The Bible presents the believer with absolutely amazing and life changing guidance if we would but grasp it and lean into what is available to us – consider this:

Then you will understand what is right, just and fair, and you will find the right way to go.  For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.  Wise choices will watch over you, understanding will keep you safe.”  Proverbs 2:9-11

Roads and Highways

Roads and Highways (Photo credit: ClaraDon)

Crossroads often provide those instruments God uses to direct us if we would open our eyes to the possibilities.  On the surface some of these crossroads seem like obstacles.  Mrs. Charles E. Cowman writes in Storms in the Desert:

It lies with each of us to choose which they shall be.  It all depends, not upon what these events are, but upon how we take them.

And the author also goes on to warn us:

The Lord cannot do much with a crushed soul, hence the adversary’s attempt to push the Lord’s people into despair and hopelessness over the condition of themselves, or of the church.

When at a crossroad, taking Bible in hand and approaching God with a heart of trust and obedience, we can find the seemingly “dead end” a new trail and new journey ahead.  What is God up to on this new road?

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