“Multitudes, multitudes, in the valley of decision! For the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining.”
Joel 3:14-15 ESV
Deciding is a daily, if not hourly, process. Some are simple decisions such as what to watch on television, to more significant ones like who to marry. Sometimes even the simple one can be difficult to make. I remember when deciding where to eat lunch while I was working was a hard decision. I tried to make lunch most days, but sometimes I need to grab lunch. There are like twenty restaurants within three blocks, so where do I go or how do I choose? Most of the time, my money decides first, then my stomach. There are many ways we can determine what we want to do. Here are some decision-making steps if you’re going to make the best decisions for your life.
Start with the Lord; many decisions would turn out great if we pray before we make them; yes, even when getting lunch, if we pray and ask the Lord to help us make the right decision, I am sure He will. However, God may not always answer immediately, but He reveals many things to us while praying.
Next, find a scripture. When you want to get the Lord fully involved in your decisions, pray, then find a scripture related to the issue. For example, if the decision about marriage finds scripture about marriage, use the scripture to guide what God is speaking to your heart.
Then write it down. If your decision is something huge, writing it down will help narrow your thinking; writing helps us see our issues better; you can write the pros and cons of the situation or the person you seek to marry.
Next, wait; this is the most challenging part of decision making, though not all decisions can wait. However, if there is room for waiting, it is best to wait; God could have an answer for you on Wednesday, but if you take things in your hand on Monday, things could go badly. Wait on the Lord.
Finally, don’t share what God has revealed to you until it is necessary. For example, if God tells that you should marry the person you are trying to figure out, then keep it to yourself and be the best friend for that person, likewise if it reveals the opposite. We can learn a lot from just watching a situation unfold if we know the decision we need to make, Sometimes premature sharing can make the problem worse, and the answer God gave could be for you, not for you to share with someone else.
These are some decision-making steps that will be aligned with the wisdom of the Bible. However, when the times comes for God to make about our life, it will not be hard. As the scripture says in Joel 3:14-15, there will be multiple decisions for the Lord to make. The Bible tells us God is a just judge. For us, the choice to live the way He wants is easy. Christ gave us all we need to live on this earth, so we have a place in heaven; that is the easier decision we have to decide whether to come to Christ or to harden our heart and turn from Him. It’s a straightforward decision for God if you died in the lake of fire, which is the second death (Revelation 21:8), or if you live forever in Christ’s Kingdom.
I am praying for you to make the right decision today, and if you haven’t accepted Christ into your life, you can do so now by praying the prayer of salvation. Once you have done that, join a Church that believes in Christ Jesus, or you can click this link for help on how to pray.