Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18; 2 Peter 2:6-7
As a result of the devotional three days ago, about the importance of making righteous decisions, I have received an email containing a question that needs be answered, and to air it publicly would be helpful. The question was,
“How do you make righteous choices? Or any decision at all? What is the process for doing it?
The devotional word that inspired this question was about the choice that “righteous Lot” made when he and his uncle Abraham separated. The choice that he made was obviously wrong, and led him down a road that caused both him and his family great pain and loss. It was a choice, not made by seeking God, but motivated by selfish gain. In making the choice Lot did not consider how it would affect his relationship with God or his spiritual life.
The following four keys have consistently helped my wife and I to make righteous decisions over the years:
Firstly, Pray! Ask God for His counsel, direction, and wisdom. At the same time ask Him to reveal any wrong or selfish motives that you may have in your heart. It is good to ask the question, “Will this decision enhance or hinder my walk with God and with God’s people?”
Secondly, and especially in major decisions, seek mature counsel. There is safety in a multitude of counsellors. “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counsellors there is safety” [Proverbs 11:14]. This is especially true of important spiritual decisions, but also relevant in practical decisions such as buying a car or a house. Seek the advice of knowledgeable and trustworthy people!
Thirdly, Timing! Is this the right time to be doing what I am thinking of doing? Especially in practical issues make sure that you don’t go into debt or make life difficult for either yourself or others.
Fourthly, listen to your own spirit. As you pray does God’s peace tell you that it is the right thing to do. If it does not bring you peace don’t go there and don’t do it. “ Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life” [Philippians 4:6-7 The Message].
I will continue with this theme tomorrow and share a couple of illustrations
One of the things that I have learned over the years is that guidance is easier when we are seeking to bless others and not so much seeking God’s blessing for ourselves. What do you think of this statement?
Why do you think it is so common for Christians to make decisions based on selfish motivation and not even consult God for His will at all?
How would you explain to someone else how to seek God’s guidance?