In many ways life is like a multiple-choice test. There are the questions and then there are several possible answers for each question, but only one answer is correct; only one answer will lead to the desired outcome. Choosing the right answers to the questions in life allows us to get the most out of life; those who make the wrong choices suffer life’s consequences. We can all look back and identify dumb decisions we have made. “What was I thinking?” Some of us are still suffering the consequences of those bad choices. God is a great decision maker and He created us in his image; therefore, we’ve all been given the opportunity to reason, to think, to weigh the options. It’s what separates us from other forms of life. God wants us to be great decision makers and to do so we must learn and understand the process. Jesus is our example because he never made a decision that he regretted.
Mt 4:4, 7, 10; 22:37-39; Mk 10:17, 21; Lk 19:10
But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Mt 4:4) Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Mt 22:37-39) “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Lk 19:10)
When Jesus was tempted in the desert after his 40 day fast, he responded to Satan’s temptations by saying, “It is written…” God’s word provides guidelines for our lives. Knowing God’s word; knowing where the boundaries are is a must. So when faced with a decision, first ask yourself, “Is it written?” Does it line up with Scripture? If so, or no…you have your answer. Next, ask yourself, “Is it Love?” Does your answer fulfill the law of love when it comes to your spouse, children, family, friends, co-workers and others? Every decision affects other people. Love may be in the form of compassion and help, or it may be in the form of tough love—saying the things that are hard to say and hard for the other person to hear. If it’s necessary for their health, safety, life, salvation, don’t placate them. Love them enough. Lastly, ask yourself, “Is it on the agenda?” Jesus knew why He came and what His mission required. You too have a purpose to serve that is far greater than yourself. Answers to all the questions in life must keep you on track with God’s plan.
What is one of the worst decisions you ever made? What were the consequences? What is one of the best decisions you ever made? How has that decision blessed you life? When faced with a decision do you consider what God’s Word has to say? Do you know anyone who always does what works best for them? How does that affect those around them? Do you consider how every decision affects your role in God’s plan? What are some ways that a job, or purchase might affect God’s plan for you?
Write down the 3 questions you need to consider when faced with a decision. Determine that you will not make impulsive and thoughtless decisions. Read God’s Word so you know what “is written.”
Dear Father in Heaven, forgive my past reckless and thoughtless decisions. Fill me with a passion for your word and a love for those around me so that I may stay firmly on the course you have set for me. Thank you for you Holy Spirit who convicts and guides me on the way. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.