This week on Let's Talk: Choices
How to Make Godly Decisions
Whether it's which shirt to wear with those shoes or which job to take or who to date/marry, we are constantly making decisions. Ideally the choices we make are all in line with what God wants, but the harder and more complicated the decisions are, the harder it is to tell what God wants. Here are some questions to ask to help determine if what you want to do agrees with what God wants.
Whether it's which shirt to wear with those shoes or which job to take or who to date/marry, we are constantly making decisions. Ideally the choices we make are all in line with what God wants, but the harder and more complicated the decisions are, the harder it is to tell what God wants.
1. Would you be able to ask God to bless it?
Would your decision be something that you can take before God with a good conscience and ask Him to bless? Or is it something that you know the Lord would not be enthused about? "The blessing of the LORD makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it" (Proverbs 10:22).
2. Could you thank Him for it?
Would your decision be something that you can openly express gratefulness and thankfulness to God? Or would it be something which would seem inappropriate to thank Him for? "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Col. 3:17).
3. Would it be a stumbling block to others?
How would your decision affect the lives of your brethren in Christ? Even if you don't feel it's wrong, could it offend or harm the sensitive faith of those who don't share your convictions? "...beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak" (1 Cor. 8:9).
4. Would it be a weight or hindrance?
Would your decision be something that would drag down your Christian life or influence you toward disobedience? "...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1).
5. Would it edify you?
Would your decision or actions bring you closer to God or pull you farther away? Will it edify (build you up) in the Lord, or will it weaken your confidence of the Lord's strength in your life? "All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify" (1 Cor. 10:23).
6. Would it promote love?
Would your decision or actions express love and harmony, or would it reflect retribution, jealousy or injury to your neighbor? "Owe no one anything except to love one another... Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law" (Rom. 13:8, 10).
7. Have you sought the Lord about it?
The Lord promises to give leadership and direction to our life. Consult Him in prayer. Remember, God will never speak something to our heart that contradicts his written Word. "In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths" (Prov. 3:6). "There are many plans in a man's heart, Nevertheless the Lord's counsel; that will stand" (Prov. 19:21).
8. Have you sought Godly counsel or advice?
Ask the advice of those who live Godly lives and have a track record of experience and wise decision making. Avoid the counsel of those whose Christian life is questionable or who have experience of failure in making sound decisions. "Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety" (Prov. 11:14). "Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly..." (Psa. 1:1).