The journey of any decision making may be a difficult and long one. By trusting in God’s plans for our lives, we experience peace in the storms of life. Any decision that draws us closer in our relationship with God assures us a success (ref,Jeremiah 29*11-13). When we surrender our will (pride and selfish motives) to God’s will, He gives us the desires of our heart (ref,Psalm 27*3-5).
When we exclude God from our decision making, we intentionally ignore God’s instructions. “I will bless those who have humble and contrite hearts, who tremble at my word. But those who choose their own ways, delighting in their sins, are cursed . . . I will send great troubles against them—all the things they feared . . . When I spoke, they did not listen. They deliberately sinned—before my very eyes—and chose to do what they know I despise”(ref,Isaiah 66*2-4). Our pride and selfishness suggests, “I’ll take this course of action. If God doesn’t stop me, it must be okay.” Instead, God’s direction and wisdom must be sought before we make any decision.
• Your Mind – Results in impetuous choices (ref,1 Corinthians 3*18-19).
• Peer Pressure – Produces confusion and failure (ref,Jeremiah 7*24).
• God’s Mind – Gives supernatural wisdom to you. (ref,Proverbs 2*3-8).
A Humbling Experience
One of the most difficult factors in decision making is humbling oneself, admitting that you don’t know it all or that you’ve failed.
We all make costly mistakes, decisions that we wish we never made. Moses ignored God’s instructions (ref,Numbers 20*8-12), Samson surrendered his strength (ref,Judges 16*17-21), and Peter repeatedly denied knowing Jesus Christ (ref,John 18*25-27). Each of these mighty men humbled themselves by asking for God’s forgiveness. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (ref1 John 1*9).