If given the choice, do you want to make a wise decision or an unwise decision? No one would set out to make unwise decisions! In the first part of this blog, 6 Secrets For Making Wise Decisions, we looked at the first secret: Get God’s Perspective. In today’s blog I want to look at the next 2 secrets for making wise decisions.
1. Decide To Obey
After you have discerned God’s perspective you must make a decision to obey what you have discerned. This is the area where most people go astray on making a wise decision – the follow through. “If they listen and obey God, then they will be blessed with prosperity throughout their lives.” (Job 36:11 NLT) Notice the benefit to obeying; you will be blessed with prosperity throughout your life.
The reason many of us don’t obey is that we want to see the entire map before we decide to take the journey, however most of life is lived by taking one step of obedience at a time. Make obedience a part of your Life Palette every day regardless of the circumstances. “What is more pleasing to the LORD…offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is far better than sacrifice.” (1 Sam 15:22-23 NLT)
2. Determine Obstacles And Problems
There is no contradiction between faith and fact. However if you wait until you get all the facts before deciding to obey God, you won’t. This is not a matter of deciding whether or not you are going to obey. Remember in obedience you will be “blessed with prosperity throughout your life.” (Job 36:11)
It’s good to know the pros and cons, but a wise decision is not based on them. It is based on the first secret: Getting God’s Perspective. A great example of this for us is Jesus making the decision to obey the Father and die on the cross. It required the ultimate sacrifice but He was in line with God’s plan and has ultimately allowed you to live life as the masterpiece He created you to be.
Determining the obstacles and problems is important for developing strategies for going forward after you have decided to obey: “A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions; the simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” (Prov 22:3 NLT)
That they will not face obstacles and problems and they proceed with uneducated enthusiasm. This will often lead to failure and defeat because they are surprised by them and easily discouraged. The Proverbs writer says to “Get the facts at any price…” (Proverbs 23:23 LB)
Life is full of risk. As long as you have a pulse there is no way to avoid taking risk. However according to scripture you will minimize the risk by making wise decisions. Remember from yesterday’s blog: you win or lose by the way you choose. In tomorrow’s Life Palette post we will look at secret 4 and 5 to making wise decisions.
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