What to do? We all have to make decisions – every day – what to wear, eat and buy. Whether to send that letter, make that complaint or compliment and so on. We all have our own way of making these decisions, and a wrong decision may have no consequence, or a huge, life-changing effect.
Doodling decision trees, listing “pros” and “cons” and discussing the issues with trusted friends and family, and also with others affected by the decision all have their place, but if we talk to God about it – praying or journaling, we can be more confident that our thoughts are being directed by God.
Sometimes a decision is taken out of our hands – perhaps applying for two jobs but only getting an interview for one. Instead of looking at the closed door with regret, we should anticipate the possibilities within the opportunity we have been given. It may be scary, unknown, and there’s no doubt we will still face difficult times, but looking to God for our strength, we can move onward with confidence.
Our attitude towards decision-making should be that of Jesus Himself who affirmed, “Not My will, but Yours be done” (Matthew 6 v10, Luke 22 v42). Ask for wisdom, trust His promises, and He will guide your path: “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 v 5-6).
Worried about a difficult decision you have to make? As A.W. Tozer said:
“While it looks like things are out of control, behind the scenes there is a God who hasn’t surrendered His authority.”