June 7, 2017
WOFCF Bible Explosion
What Does the Bible Say About Decision Making – Lesson 2 of 2
We face decisions every day. How can we determine the best choices to make, especially in the big decisions and the ones that seemingly have no clear answer? It's interesting to consider the decisions of biblical characters such as Abram (later called Abraham) and Lot and many others in conflict situations and the consequences of their decisions.
Point #1 How should we approach defining and understanding the problem - the decisions we face?
“A prudent (wise) man (or woman) foresees evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished.”
“He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him.”
“Do not judge (critic) according to appearance, but judge with righteous (good or honorable) judgment.”
A wise person carefully looks ahead to the end, trying to foresee the likely long-term consequences, before making a decision to plunge ahead.
For an important decision, we must invest the time to get the facts, to examine the situation more than superficially and to clearly define the problem. When we are able to accurately state the problem or opportunity, we will be able to see the shape of the ideal solution more clearly.
But determining how to get to that ideal solution can still be challenging. Brainstorm for possible options and include the advice of the counselors you are consulting.
Point #2 How should we make our decisions?
"I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live..."
"For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it—lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.'"
If a possible solution requires disobeying a biblical principle, delete that option from your list. Then compare the remaining options with positive biblical principles, wise advice from others, the likelihood of success and the effects your decision will have on others. Carefully weigh the pros and cons and "count the cost."
If the decision is still not clear, you may need to repeat some of the fact-finding, brainstorming and wisdom-seeking steps. In the end, if there are two or more options that seem equally good, you may have to just decide and then act on your decision. Indecision and inaction can sometimes be worse than a less-than-perfect solution (as long as it does not violate biblical principles).
When we strive to seek God's wisdom and follow biblical principles, we can entrust our decisions and the worries that naturally accompany them to God (Proverbs 3:5-6; Matthew 6:33-34).