A decision is the act or process of deciding. We are faced with decisions daily, some are bigger and more important than others. Although each decision comes with consequences, based on our decision whether the consequences will be good or bad.
Often times when we are faced with challenging situations, our first response is to make a quick decision based on the best understanding we have of the situation, especially when others are waiting on our reply. We should develop the habit of asking God’s direction first like David did.
The beginning of 1 Samuel 23:4 says, “David enquired of the Lord yet again.” We can find nine different times in scripture where it says “David enquired” of the Lord or of God. Each of these times that it says “David enquired” was after he became a great leader. David proves to us that great leadership results from being a great follower of God. Even in the small and mundane things of life, we must seek God’s direction.
Maybe you have been seeking God’s guidance, but a new challenge has presented itself--seek His guidance once again. There is no such thing as being too dependent on God. He never wearies of our questions and we never out-grow our inadequacy without Him. God always answers those who inquire of Him. When we can surrender our challenges to God and be at peace about it that is when God speaks to us.
So often we do really well at making life seem complicated. Every area of life has its own challenges. Decisions about education, careers, family, relationships and many other things can seem very complicated at times. Jesus simplifies our complicated decision-making considerably in Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” Should I buy this car? Seek first the kingdom of God. Should I pursue this relationship? Seek first the kingdom of God. Should I move to a foreign mission field? Seek first the kingdom of God.
Seeking first the kingdom of God does not give us a direct answer to every problem, but it does help to narrow down the options when making a complicated decision. The verse says to seek first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added to you. What are these things that will be added to you when you seek God’s kingdom fist? Everything that is good and necessary to help you in reaching your goal of advancing the kingdom of Christ. This is an amazing gift from God when we seek and follow Him.
Paul reminds us to rely on the power, love and sound mind that God has given us. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” This is the only way to make God-honoring decisions. As children of God we don’t need to worry about the future, current circumstances, or what other people may think. In Christ we know we will be given the strength to do whatever He requires of us.
What are you basing your decisions on? Are you most concerned about your social status, your financial security and your selfish pleasure? Or are you walking a path that is guided by the power of the Spirit, being motivated by a love for Christ in faith? When we are making a decision, let’s remember to inquire of the Lord, seek His kingdom first, and use the power and love and sound mind that God has granted us.
Written by: R.L.