By Bridget Sengu
People are shaped by their decisions. Some have life-or-death consequences, while others are less important. How can Christians make better decisions?
Decisions come in all shapes and sizes. Every day people face decisions about what to eat, whether to exercise, how to use our time. Over the years, these regular decisions generally become habits, and people don’t think much about them. When people have guided these small decisions well from the start, they don’t really have to worry about them.
When people haven’t made good choices, however, even these seemingly small decisions can blossom into serious bad habits like procrastination or an unhealthy lifestyle.
They also regularly run into larger decisions that may have even bigger immediate and long-term consequences. What will we study? Where will we live? Who will we marry? What church will we go to?
Then there are the moral choices are we faced with. Will we cheat on our taxes? Will we turn down the drugs we are offered?
Will we allow ourselves to be pulled in by the soft porn we stumble across?
Whatever type of decision we face; there are biblical principles that can helps Christians make better decisions.
For example, when a Christian recognises a bad habit or faces a moral choice, he or she can apply God’s commands to always choose His way:
“I call Heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing;
therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).
With so many decisions that don’t have an easy, right-or-wrong answer Christians should not struggle to make wise decisions.
So, where does the Christian decision-making process start?
As Christians, our overall direction in life is determined by our commitment to God, and we must remember to ask Him to direct our lives. (Proverbs 3:5-6).
How does God direct us? Through the wisdom, He gives us in the Bible and through wise biblical counsel from His servants.
All of our decisions are to be in harmony with God’s laws and His plan.We should pray for God’s guidance and study the Bible to see what it says about the decision we are facing.
As we study the Bible, we should act on what we learn. We should abandon any choices that we discover would compromise God’s laws.
Sometimes it is a simple matter to know what decision to make —simply because only one choice would allow us to obey God.
But most of our decisions are not that clear-cut. Sometimes there are several good choices, and sometimes none of the choices is morally wrong.
If your decision is an opportunity, what exactly do you get by choosing it? What do you lose if you don’t choose it?
Dig out the relevant information. We have already discussed looking for the related passages in the Bible. We also need to search out the pertinent facts about the specific problem or opportunity.
The Bible advises, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety,” (Proverbs 11:14). Different people will likely have different information and different perspectives that can give you a broader understanding of the situation.