Are you standing at a crossroads and wondering how to make the right decision? Are you juggling all possible arguments but still unable to decide?
Our dilemmas are especially painful when we are tossed between two or more good and godly options with long-term consequences. How can we discern the right way to go?
How to Make the Right Decision – Our Problem
The problem is that we usually try to make the right decision a logical choice, counting the pro and cons. We try to peek in the future and see which choice will prove to be more successful for us in achieving the goals we want to meet. However, this approach is not always the best.
God invites us to a better way to discern which way to go. Since we are called to live a life of faith, it is crucial to activating our faith in the choices we make too. How can we do this?
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Examining Our Hearts and Desires
When I am dealing with a dilemma, I learned that God always points to and helps me sort through my desires first. What is the thing I want most and why? This may seem like an easy thing to do but it is not. The heart can be very deceitful. (Jeremiah 17:9) We need to ask the Holy Spirit to shed His light and expose our heart’s desires and motivations.
It may turn out that we have good desires but wrong motivation. Our motivations and sometimes misplaced priorities are often exposed when things do not develop as expected. Then the real foundation comes into the light. If this is the case, we need to repent and ask God to adjust and re-direct our desires and priorities and align them with His.Our motivations and misplaced priorities are often exposed when things do not develop as expected. #motivation #priorities #ChristianLiving #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
How to Make the Right Decision – Counting the Cost
Examining our desires and allowing God to purify our motivations move us further in the decision-making process. The next step is the question about the cost. Doing God’s will always cost us something. For every possible decision, we need to have an idea about what this would cost us in terms of time, resources, energy, or other things.
We need also to ask ourselves if we are willing to pay this cost and make this investment. There is no ideal situation or the so-called balance. There are simply different seasons and priorities.Doing God’s will always cost us something. #spiritualmaturity #wisdom #decision #BloggerVoicesNetwork Click To Tweet
Success, Failure, and Decision-making
Our understanding of success and failure has a huge impact on how we discern which way to go. Very often we gravitate towards the decision and direction, in which we think we could achieve more success and avoid failure. However, we need to be sure that our concept aligns with the way God defines success and failure in His Word.
Success in God’s kingdom is not about results, it’s about obedience. Results are up to God. Our part is to faithfully follow God and do the things He shows us day by day, staying the course. Obedience and constant renewal of our minds with the truth in God’s word are the keys to a lifestyle of growth and success. And failure is a great teacher exposing the condition and motivations of our hearts and keeping us on the path of humility.
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful”. (Joshua 1:8)Success in God’s kingdom is not about results, it’s about obedience. #success #encouragement #Christianliving #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
Decision-making is a Process
Discerning which way to go takes time. We need to give ourselves and God the time to sort through our hearts and motivations. With every day and every step, it will become clearer. When we ask God for guidance and clarity and want to do His will, He will answer us with absolute certainty.
This way, we will not only know which way to go but we will also get to know better ourselves and God in the process, doing this together with Him. Because it’s not about us at the end, it’s always about Him.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8)When we ask God for guidance and clarity and want to do His will, He will answer us with absolute certainty. #decisions #guidance #encouragement #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
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