Decisons, decisions, decisons! — Vivienne Solomons

There are many decisions to be made on any given day. Too many to count. 

Some decisions are simple, such as what to eat for breakfast while others require more thought and even careful planning particularly when there are other people involved, such as where and when to gather for a family reunion. Still others involve significant life decisions such as what to study after school, who to marry or whether to emigrate or not. Not forgetting the many and varied work-related decisions that we need to make on a daily basis.

For some, making decisions is not difficult or time consuming. They can make quick decisions that they are confident of in the moment (but may regret later). But for others like myself, depending on how ‘big’ it is, decision-making typically involves a fair amount of research and analysis beforehand (sometimes to the point of overwhelm and perhaps, indecision). But it doesn’t need to be this way.

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There is a third way. The way of prayerful decision-making, which is to pray first before making a decision rather than praying later, after the fact. Often, this is easier said than done.

As believers, we have access to God anytime day or night – about anything. In my youth, I hesitated to go to God in prayer for my own needs as I felt that He had more important concerns and requests than mine to address. I later learned how wrong I was.

In Philippians 4 v 6 we read:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Everything means everything. 

So, what happens when we do pray? 

In verse 7 we read: And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

But if ever we need additional encouragement to go to God in the hour of decision-making, it can be found in Proverbs 3: 5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

The key then to making (good) decisions in any situation is to:

  1. Pray (and invite others to pray) about it, and often;
  2. Read the Word to gain godly wisdom and perspective as well as encouragement; and
  3. Choose to trust Him to direct us in the way we should go (Psalm 32 v 8) rather than rely on ourselves or our limited understanding. 

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