Do you have an important decision to make? But you are not sure which choice to make? God has left us to make some important decisions like, “Who should I marry?” “Where should I go to college?” “Which car/house should I buy?” “What job should I have?”
God’s will is about the KIND OF PERSON WE ARE not about where we live or what car we drive. As long as we are obeying God’s Word, we are in God’s will. Our job is not to figure out some secret, specific plan that God wants- our obligation is to obey God’s Word.
As long as we are obeying God’s Word- there are NO WRONG CHOICES!
Do you see the freedom in that? No waiting on a flashing sign or a tingle in your toe! No racking your brain or worrying that you’ve made the wrong decision! Just following God’s word! But how do we make sure we are making a wise decisions? Here’s a couple guidelines for you!
1. Remove UnBiblical Choices
Duh! This is obvious. If you are faced with two options and one is unBiblical- then you have to eliminate it. If you are trying to choose between two jobs- both are the same pay- both are about the same commute- both are jobs you are passionate about- but in one of the jobs the boss is going to ask you to do some shady stuff like lie on paperwork. THEN you have to eliminate that option if you want to be in God’s Will! Get it?
2. Pray and Search for God’s Wisdom
The Bible says in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” God wants to give you wisdom. A bunch of it! If you will only ask Him. I’m not saying you need to pray and pray and pray and wait on a flashing sign- IT’S PROBABLY NOT GOING TO COME! I’m saying pray and search for God’s wisdom in His Word. God’s word doesn’t tell us who we should marry- but it does tell us “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.” (2 Corinthians 6:14) It’s not God’s will for you to marry an unbeliever if you are a Christian.
3.Get Godly Advice
Sometimes it’s best to step back from the situation and ask other godly people for advice. The Bible says in Proverbs 12:15, “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.” If you don’t have good godly Christians around you to help keep you accountable and to help you make wise decisions then you are missing out! More than likely, someone in your church or small group has “been there and done that!” Don’t think that you have to make all these decisions on your own! Ask for help!
4.Trust God to Use All Wise Decisions for His Good
I want to make sure that all my decisions honor God. And God wants our decisions to honor Him and please us. AND WE CAN HAVE BOTH OF THOSE. Pleasing God and pleasing ourselves can happen when we make wise, biblical decisions. The Bible says in Philippians 2:13, “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” Trust that God is going to use your wise decisions for His good and to further the kingdom of God.
Here’s four questions to ask yourself when making decisions…
1. Will this bring glory to God?
2 .What would Jesus do?
3. Will I be proud of this decision when standing before God one day?
4. How will this affect my marriage, my children, my ministry?