Making Wise Choices #MondayMotivation
We make decisions daily – what cereal will we have today? What outfit will we wear today? But we also have more serious decisions that we make like what career will I choose? What vocation do I feel called to? Here are some scriptures and advice that blessed my discernment and I hope it helps you too.
I desire God’s wisdom but I don’t always want Him to direct my choices, my behaviours, and my heart because I am afraid it will be harder than the world’s options. I look to others or to myself when I should be looking to God and I am always left unsatisfied and unhappy. First I wanted to clarify what true wisdom is and how it leads us to seek what is true and good for us and for the glory of God.
1. Wisdom and Godly Counsel
“But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.” –James 3:17
God offers consolation and anoints our decisions when they are according to His will. His wisdom brings peace, joy and good fruits when we follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
Discerning a tough choice involves a lot of variables but the following points will help:
2. Total Dependence on God
Most times we worry about money, jobs, security, debt and this leaves us reeling with anxiety and stress. God cares for us and wants to supply our every need but He will supply our needs moment by moment. So we must act in faith, not by sight, as God desires to have us depend on Him solely.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life and what you will eat, or about your body and what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your life-span? If even the smallest things are beyond your control, why are you anxious about the rest?” Luke 12:22-23, 25-26.
Anxiety robs us – it steals our peace and our joy. (For more about anxiety, read this previous blog post: http://www.made4moreministry.ca/blog-1/2015/12/22/living-with-anxiety-dying-for-peace?rq=peace). We usually feel anxiety because we are conflicted between the world and God. But one promises to satisfy and does not and the latter promises to satisfy and does satisfy! So let’s think about our lives, what are we seeking? Whose love are we pursuing? Who is my master?
“No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other.” -Luke 16:13
3. Build a Firm Foundation: Scripture
Build your discernment process around wisdom and seeking truth. Scripture is the clearest way to hear God speak to our lives. “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock." - Matt 7:24-25
This verse speaks to me: "For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be" - Luke 12:34. Is your treasure money, approval, love, success? Ask yourself: What is your treasure and where is your heart?
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” - Luke 11:9-10.
Ask questions! God will answer them and you will receive insight and wisdom about yourself and the decision.
Take these questions to prayer. Does this decision:
1) Align with Scripture?
2) Align with Church teaching?
3) Is it the appropriate situation, or circumstances in your life?
4) Does it honour your conscience, and our innate sense of right and wrong?
5) Your individual desire for this decision? Do YOU want this?
6) Are doors opening?
If any of these say no, pray further and be patient with yourself.
Look for the fruits of the spirit, especially the first three: love, joy, and peace in your decision making. But remember that you have to discern there too, because anxiety isn't always a sign that it's a no. It could be opposition from the enemy.
“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops” -Luke 12:2-3.
God will give us eyes to see what is in store for us in His perfect time. Enjoy the process - don't get so caught up in the result that you miss your life. People sometimes ask why can't God just tell me the answer point blank and simple? God doesn't give us answers to every single little thing because he wants us to learn how to exercise our own judgement in finding answers for ourselves, with His wisdom of course. If you love God with all your heart and you can honestly say you are following Him, it is worth following your heart to make a decision.
Please remember your value and how loved you are by God: "Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows" - Luke 12:7.