Do you want to make decisions that are consistent with God’s will? No second-guessing. No looking back. No uncertainty. You can by following these three steps for making decisions God’s way.
Where God’s Word commands, always obey.
This first and most basic principle is your starting point for making better decisions. Begin by knowing God’s Word, understanding its context, and being obedient to what it says. Doing what the Bible tells you to do is always the right choice.
Philippians 4:7 promises that when you obey God’s Word, you will enjoy “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding.”
Should you falsify a work document? Deceive a customer? Steal from a co-worker? God’s Word speaks to these types of choices and his Word is clear—do none of these things. These types of decisions are simple and straight forward.
Where God’s Word has no command, you are free to choose.
What do you do in a situation where God’s Word has no specific command; i.e., a non-commandment decision?
For example, should you work for Company A or Company B? If the Bible commanded “always work for Company A” your decision would be clear cut (as in the first principle), but the Bible never says this. How do you decide between the two companies?
Garry Friesen explores these types of decisions in his book, Decision Making and the Will of God, and he says the key to making a non-commandment decision is to know that God gives you the freedom and responsibility to make good choices.
God allows you to do your own investigation, fact-finding and due diligence. You can look at the facts, press into God (through prayer, scriptural principles, godly counsel etc.), make your decision, and move forward in a way that glorifies him.
The core issue in non-commandment decision making, e.g., should you work for Company A or Company B?, is to know that God can be pleased with either choice so long as you respect and honor him throughout the whole decision making process.
Developing the ability to make good non-commandment decisions is rooted in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Trust the results of your decision to God’s grace.
Your decision may result in quick success, or even a trial, but God remains active, involved, and in charge no matter what happens. Trust your decision making process and its results to his grace and sovereignty.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”