1 Samuel 23:4 – “Then David inquired of the Lord once again.”
Fear of making wrong choices can sometimes cause us to procrastinate until a decision is made for us. We feel like the “experienced” paratrooper who was asked how many jumps he had to his credit. “Twenty-five,” was his reply. But then he added, “Really only one. The other twenty-four, I had to be pushed.”
Every day we make decisions with no more effort than it takes to breathe. But sometimes when we have to make bigger decisions, there is a lot at stake and we often get into trouble. James 1:6-8 says, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.”
Here are some guidelines to keep us from making hasty decisions:
- Pray openly to the Heavenly Father about the issue.
- Write down the pros and cons of each option.
- Ask questions based on biblical principles like,
What does God’s Word say about it? (Ps. 119:105)
What will it cost? (Luke 14:28-30)
How will it affect you and others? (1 Cor. 6:12)
Will it hinder your obedience to God? (Luke 11:42)
What is the opinion of spiritually mature people? (Prov. 15:22)
If you are pressed for a decision but unsure, ask God to block any action you might take that would be a mistake. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7). If you have made the right decision, God will give you the inner peace and confidence that He is working out His will in your life. Let us be reminded that difficult decisions are never too difficult for God.