How to Make God Honouring Decisions

 

Proverbs 2:1-11

 

My son, if you accept my words
    and store up my commands within you,
turning your ear to wisdom
    and applying your heart to understanding—
indeed, if you call out for insight
    and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
    and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
    and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He holds success in store for the upright,
    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless,
for he guards the course of the just
    and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Then you will understand what is right and just
    and fair—every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
    and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
11 Discretion will protect you,
    and understanding will guard you.

Making decisions…Why is it so hard? I’m not talking about the decision of what to eat for lunch or what to wear. No, I’m talking about the decisions that can have an impact upon our life. The kinds of decisions that, once we make them, we tend to think about, if we have made the right one. Sometimes we worry so much about the decisions we have made that we become ill. We think we have missed some crucial piece of information and then we worry whether the desired outcome will be realized.

Well, this need not be the case, because as Christians we have the distinct advantage of being able to make major life decisions that are based upon God’s holy, trustworthy, Word. In order to make these types of decisions we need to take into account all of the following three elements

The first thing you must do is be willing to submit to God’s moral law as it is revealed in the Bible. In this case the decision-making process is easy. If something is forbidden in the Bible, then don’t do it. Simple right?

The second aspect also makes the process easy. If you have several options before you, and any of them would cause you to ignore a specific command of God. Something that He tells you, you must do, then you must choose the option that allows you to obey His command. For example, in Hebrews 10:25 God requires that all believers, not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching”. Therefore, you shouldn’t choose an option that will prevent you from obeying that requirement.

          There is a very important question you need to ask yourself, in order for your major life decisions to agree with and not be against God’s moral will. It is, “What does the Bible say about it?” If it says anything about a certain subject, then obey what it says. That is the clear teaching of 1 John 5:3, “In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome”, or in other words, “this is how we show we love God, by obeying His commands.”

 

          Likewise, if you do not find anything in the Bible that relates to that subject you need to make a decision about, then you have the freedom to do it. When this is the case you do not need to worry about doing something against His will or sinning as it tells us in Romans 14:5-6,One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.

          Third, in order to make good decisions, you need to become capable at exercising Biblical wisdom. Where do you get this type of wisdom? The term itself should make this very clear. This type of wisdom can only come from the attentive and careful study of God’s Word.

You must also be aware of God’s willingness to provide His very generous provision of such wisdom.  The apostle James in the first chapter of his book and verse 5 urges those of us who feel we lack the wisdom to, “ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

The passage that Madame Atu read earlier Proverbs 2:1-11 also teaches us a very helpful process. If we want to make wise decisions, then we need to gather all the available and relevant information. After you have done that you need to consider all the options carefully while seeking the godly input from your peers and elders. Only then should we choose the option that we are convinced makes the most sense of all the data.

In the end, you need to take into account your own aspirations. Especially when you find that the Bible is silent about the subject you need to make a decision on. Sometimes you will find there are multiple options that you can take. When this is the case, then you have the freedom to do what you want while being confident that God sovereignly works out His plan through your choices. This is what we learn from passages such as Psalms 37:4 where it says, Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart”. And Philippians 2:13, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

          Of course, everything I have talked about so far assumes that you are a Christian and you are filled with the Spirit. Because anything less than that and you won’t be able to make Biblical decisions. The reason I say that is because our sin obstructs our capability to understand and obey God’s Word. However, if your relationship with Jesus is a very close and dynamic one and you are walking with the Spirit, and not living in unrepentant sin, then you are free to make decisions as long as they don’t go against God’s revealed will.

          You don’t need to feel worried that your bad or mistaken decisions will result in God’s will for your life not being fulfilled. We know that according to Romans 8:28,in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. His plans for us will always be accomplished and he often works through our decisions to accomplish them.

 

Let’s Pray: Heavenly Father, you are the one true God who has revealed yourself to us through your written Word and through the living Word of your Son Jesus and through the testimony of the Spirit who now lives in your children. Thank You for this timely reminder of how we should honour You by bringing our whole life including our decisions under the control of your mighty revelation. Help us to make decisions that honour you with the assurance that you will be true to your promise in 1 Samuel 2:30 that, “Those who honour Me, I will honour.” Thank you for this wonderful promise that you give us in your Word.