How hard is it for you to make decisions? Do you feel confident in your decision once you’ve made it? Whether having to make a choice makes you run for cover, or you thrive on making difficult decisions, asking yourself a few questions beforehand can give you some insight to make the right decision for you.
Have I prayed about it?
I start with this one because if you are only going to ask yourself one of these questions, this would be it. God cares about you and will help you make the right decision. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 NASB. Pray about it with an open heart to God’s leading, and He will answer you.
Will the results of this decision draw me closer to or away from God?
The results of your decision aren’t knowable, but you may be able to predict a likely outcome. If you think that you are doing this just for your own glory, for your own selfish motives, then stop and reconsider. “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen”. 2 Peter 3:18 ESV
Is it following the Bible’s wisdom or the current way of today’s culture?
Sometimes our decisions are a clear choice between right and wrong. Examine this decision to see if it is the case. Because if we are committed to a sin, really cherishing it and not wanting to let go of it, we are really good at justifying it. We might decide that we are the exception to the rule; that God didn’t really mean it that way; or that we can sin now and confess later. We often find people who are like minded in justifying these transgressions. In 2 Peter 3:17 ESV, Paul warns against those who might twist scriptures to their own destruction. “You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.” Don’t decide it is okay if the Bible says it is not.
Lord, everyday we face decisions, big and small. We pray that You would help us to discern what is right through the knowledge You give us through prayer and Your Word. Help us to honor you in what we do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.