Choice and Decision-Making

Choice and Decision-Making

For Christians, decision-making should be synonymous with finding the will of God.

Psalm 25:4–5,9: Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. 9 The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.

Psalm 143:10: Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness.

Don’t try to reason things through on your own; ask God what’s best.

Proverbs 3:5,7a: Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes.

Proverbs 19:21: There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the LORD’S counsel—that will stand.

Isaiah 55:8–9: "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. 9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Good decisions are based on spiritual considerations and goals, rather than solely on circumstances or personal desires.

2 Corinthians 4:18 : While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

1 Kings 3:5,9–14: At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, "Ask! What shall I give you?" 9 "Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?" 10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing. 11 Then God said to him: "Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have asked the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, 12 "behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you. 13 "And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days. 14 "So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days."

God always chooses the best for us.

Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 84:11: For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.

Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

One of the main principles involved in reaching a decision: Pray for the Lord’s guidance.

Psalm 37:5: Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.

Proverbs 3:6: In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Isaiah 30:21: Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left.

John 16:13: "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

James 1:5: If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Sound decisions are based on God’s Word.

Psalm 119:105: Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

Psalm 119:133a: Direct my steps by Your word.

Proverbs 6:22–23: When you roam, they will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you. 23 For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life,

Matthew 7:24–25: "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”

Listening to godly counsel from others often leads to sounder, wiser decisions.

Proverbs 11:14: Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

Proverbs 12:15: The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.

Proverbs 15:22: Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.

The final test: Is it loving?

Romans 13:9b–10: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

1 Corinthians 16:14: Let all that you do be done with love.

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