How Will You Decide?

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Most of us buy with our hearts and justify decisions with our heads.

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She considers a field and buys it; from her profits she plants a vineyard.
Proverbs 31:16

How do you make decisions?
What’s your process?
Are you impulsive?
Or are you contemplative, deliberative?
Do you live in the moment?
Or is your style more the legal pad and pen in hand sitting at the kitchen table examining the Pros and Cons.

Wouldn’t it be so comforting to know that the decisions you make are right?
To always be at peace.
To always enjoy clarity.
To never make a mistake.

I can’t promise that, but let me share a few principles that have helped me.
I’ve made my share of bad decisions.
Bad purchases.
Bad choices.
Bad investments of my time and energy.

But, always because I failed in one of three things.

If you get these three right you’ll avoid a lot of bad purchases, bad choices, and bad investments.

I bless the Lord who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
I have set the Lord always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.
Psalm 16:7-8

    God loves to give us His counsel.
    Another way to say that is that you and I can have the benefit of God’s own wisdom for the choices and decisions we are facing.
    God didn’t pursue us, and woo us, just to leave us on our own to figure things out.
    I know for certain that the absolute worst decisions I’ve made, the ones that had the most damaging consequences, were the ones I made without ever asking God to weigh in on the matter.
    He will speak to your heart even as you sleep.
    Often when I go to sleep praying about something I wake up knowing what decision to make.
    Part of this is the clarity that prayer can give.
    I don’t tell God what I want and ask Him to give it, instead I ask Him to put His desire, His will into my heart.
    More than once I’ve felt very differently about a issue or item in the morning than I did at night.
    When I keep God in the forefront—not the decision I’m contemplating, then my walk with Him informs all my thought process.
    Because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.
    I trust that He is able to change my heart and speak into my thoughts.
    I have asked.
    I just trust that He will speak.

I hope something here helps you find direction in any decision you have to make.
The closing promise from Psalm 16 reminds us that,
God will show us the path of life;
In His presence there is fulness of joy;
At His right hand are pleasures forevermore.


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