Discernment In Decision Making

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.”  Proverbs 3:5-6  

I’m reading a book called “The Best Yes” by Lisa Terkeurst.  In it she states; “Our decisions aren’t just isolated choices.  Our decisions point our lives in the directions we’re about to head. Show me a decision and I’ll show you a direction. Your direction will determine your destination.”

Let’s face it; there’s a vast difference in deciding what to have for dinner and whether to change jobs or move to a different state. Some of our decisions set the course for our lives.  Let me give you another example.  You may be asked to do many things at church.  All of them are good things, but what is your “best yes?” You are serving with the time God has given you.  If you say yes to every good thing asked of you; you may be giving away God ordained opportunities.

Christians should not make their decisions based solely upon feelings; because feelings can change in a nano second.  Lisa says, “Wisdom makes decisions today; that will still be good tomorrow.”  She further states we need to ask ourselves three questions.

  1.     Have I been reading and praying through God’s Word lately?
  2.     Have I been applying God’s Word in my life lately?
  3.     Have I sought godly counsel and insights from wise people who know specifics about my situation?

One can answer these questions immediately.  Why?  Because they are yes or no questions. Lisa believes, “We have to put our hearts and our minds in places where wisdom gathers, not scatters.”  Oh my goodness; how much time have I given away to “good things”, while losing my God ordained opportunities?  It convicts me to the core of my being.

Our desire should be for our” latter days to be greater than the former.”  I want to encourage you to ask the above three questions for every major decision.  I will venture to say; that if we will answer them honestly, our decisions will be wisdom based and God honoring.  We will then truly give our “Best Yes.”

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, I pray I will make wisdom based, God honoring decisions that determine my direction.  Help me Lord, to make the best choices possible.  Forgive me for the times I’ve made decisions based solely upon my own feelings, versus seeking Your face and knowing Your heart. In Jesus Name I offer up this prayer.  Amen

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Libby Williams

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