If there’s one thing nearly all Christians struggle with, it’s wisdom and Godly decisions.
There are so many things influencing us that it seems impossible to separate the world’s way from God’s way.
You look at your options. You pray about it.
You weigh the pros and cons. Then you pray some more.
You consider every detail you can think of, and you pray again.
But does the clarity ever come?
Are you ever sure about what you choose?
What Is a Godly Decision?
Some of life’s choices are hard to make. You have to think about the results of your decision, and you want to know that you are doing God’s will.
And that’s where most people stumble. Anyone can look at a natural choice and decide which one is best.
Should you take the promotion?
It’s more work and more responsibility, but the raise will pay for that bigger house you’ve had your eye on.
Do you move to that new city?
The schools are amazing, the neighborhoods are the safest in the state, and everything is within a 15-minute drive. Easy decision.
But what about God’s will? How can you be sure that you are choosing His way?
Wisdom or Selfishness?
The way we make decisions is selfish. Most of the time you are thinking about how you (or your family) will benefit.
Shorter commute, better pay, etc.
The central motivation to choose almost always comes down to how it helps you.
But why is that? Why do we think decisions are only wise if we get something?
If a choice is from God’s direction, it will increase you in some way. But that should never be the motivation.
It doesn’t require faith to choose the better paying job. You don’t need spiritual guidance to move to a better city. You do it because it’s good for you.
But if you are bitterly jealous and filled with self-centered ambition, don’t brag. Don’t say that you are wise when it isn’t true. That kind of wisdom doesn’t come from above. It belongs to this world. It is self-centered and demonic.
The worlds wisdom is subtle and deceptive.
It says that as long as you seek Godly counsel and pray about it, you can be sure you’re making the right choice.
But that’s just not true.
If you’re going to choose God’s way, you have to be able to recognize the connection between wisdom and faith.
Faith is the Missing Link
The things God leads you to do will always require faith. The immediate benefit may not be obvious, and it might even look like a bad idea.
But when God directs, He is always leading you to something bigger.
If you get a new house and car because of your new promotion, but you had to leave a good church and you have no time to serve God, there’s no way it was Him.
God’s way will always bring you closer to Him and let you do more for His Kingdom.
When your decisions are based strictly on what you see and know, you are walking in your own wisdom.
The life of a Christian should be that of walking by faith and following the leading of the Holy Spirit.
But is faith even a part of our decisions?
What Are You Following?
So, what caused you to choose? Was it what was best for you and your family, or did you follow the Holy Spirit in spite of how things looked?
There comes a point when our faith in God is more important than what we think will happen.
The direction God gives will only work when you walk by faith and follow the leading of His Spirit. You have to ignore what you think will work and forget about how much you can potentially profit.
When you make decisions, He is only pleased when you walk by faith and act on what He tells you.
The most important thing is to be led by the Spirit of God.
Obedience is True Godly Wisdom
Obedience to God must come first in everything we do.
What you think doesn’t matter.
What people say doesn’t matter.
All that matters is that you are being obedient when the Spirit leads you to do something.
Which leads back to faith.
In order to follow the leading of the Spirit, we will have to use faith.
When God told Noah to build the ark, Noah had to believe that what God said was true, and act accordingly. And he had no reason to believe that a flood was coming.
In spite of what he saw, Noah chose to believe God and walk by faith.
His obedience saved him and his family from a flood that killed the entire human population.
If we say we are believers, then shouldn’t our motivation be to honor God and get His direction when making a decision?
True wisdom is getting His direction in everything we do.
Faith Won’t Always Make Sense
Jesus didn’t talk about wisdom very often, but He repeatedly told us to have faith in God.
Often He will lead us to do things that make no sense.
And that’s the test of real faith.
If we can’t see how something is going to work, then we think it’s a bad decision.
God told Abraham to get away from his family, but He didn’t tell him where he was going. And it turned out very well for Abraham. He became one of the wealthiest men around by simply following what God told him.
Faith always trusts, especially when you can’t see how it will work.
Some of the decisions we make by faith will seem contrary to what we think is right.
God wants you to trust Him when it looks impossible. Anyone can trust God when they can see how it’s going to happen. But that’s not faith.
It takes real faith to trust when you have no idea how it will work.
Godly Wisdom Brings Results
Start trusting God to lead you in every decision you make.
Ask Him for guidance. He promises that He will direct your path.
Only then will you be a doer of the Word and get results.
But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
God wants the glory for your success, but that cannot happen if you get it by working hard and making ‘good’ decisions.
Stretch your faith to trust in Him when you would normally do your own thing.
Trust Him when you would normally go get advice.
Trust Him when everyone says there is no way.
Trust Him when it looks impossible.
Acknowledge Him in all your ways, and He will direct your paths. You will be prosperous and have good success.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will direct your paths.
It’s the only way to make the right choice.