How To Make Wise Decisions
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.” – Psalm 25:4-7
Do you find yourself stuck in a situation where you need to make tough choices in life? Making decisions is one of the crucial things that we may encounter and we need to be careful, considerate and wise to avoid making bad choices that you will regret. However, making decisions can be stressful if you are going to deal with it alone. So, deal your problems with the most reliable Counsel and make the right choices with God.
Here are some ways to make wise decisions according to the Bible.
Pray for wisdom.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” – James 1:5
God knows what exactly we are going through in life, but He wants us to draw near to Him and to be dependent on Him. And, he uses some circumstances to mold us and direct us towards where He wants us to go. “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” – Jeremiah 33:3. Remember, we are serving a God that is full of wisdom and He can solve everything in this world. So, seek God and ask Him to control your emotions, to give you wisdom and guidance to make wise decisions and to achieve your goal. “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” – Proverbs 2:6
Cultivate your faith.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” – Matthew 6:33
Set aside all the distractions in life and surrender it to God. Put God first in every aspect of your life and for sure He will guide you in everything you do. Grow your faith and apply God’s Word in your life. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” – 2 Timothy 3:16. Have a quiet time with God, find wisdom through reading the Bible, attend Sunday service and Bible studies, listen to your pastor’s preaching and let the Word of God be your guide and light in all your decisions. Thus, prayer and the Word of God can also get you to the right mindset and it can be your great stress reliever too. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” – Psalm 119:105
Trust His Will.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
God has a greater plan for our lives and He works in mysterious ways. So, when you don’t understand the situation or why you are going through that path, just trust God and He will lead you the way. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11. Have a positive outlook in life and believe that God will establish your plans or goals. “Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
Seek guidance from your trusted family member or friend.
“Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” – Proverbs 11:14
Seek wise counsel with your encouraging Christian friend, pastor or family member. Tell them what you are going through and ask for their advice and prayers. “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” – Proverbs 15:22. Get their insights, gather information, weigh problems, try to look for alternative options or consider the pros and cons with them. Be with the people who will help you wisely and give you encouragement. Sometimes, these people also experience the things that you are going through and see how the Lord works in their lives. “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” – Proverbs 13:20.
Execute your plan and do your best.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15
After considering all the advantages and disadvantages of your decision, take a step forward and execute your plan. Do your best and surrender everything to God. “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going.” – Ecclesiastes 9:10. Give thanks to the Lord and praise Him for what He has done in your life. Testify how good the Lord is and worship Him for his unending love for you “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods.” – Psalm 95:2-3
Finally, pray that the outcome of your decision brings good to your life and honor to God. And, have confidence that God is working behind the scenes for your victory. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28