Wisdom Is An Awful Way To Make Decisions – Here’s How To Know God’s Will For Every Choice

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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.

James 3:14-15
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.

Godly WIsdom Noah

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.

James 1:22
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.

Proverbs 3:6
In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will direct your paths.

It’s the only way to make the right choice.

Let me help you get to know God better and find His plan for your life.
23 Comments
  • Diane Kibbey
    January 30, 2019

    This article is a good reminder of the simplicity of our faith in the God who lives us so much.

  • Leanna
    January 31, 2019

    “Trust Him when you would normally go get advice.” Great words that we need to hear and follow more! Thank you great post!

    • Tim Artman
      January 31, 2019

      I totally agree!
      I’ve heard that so many times and always thought
      Why not trust God and let Him lead us in the first place?

      🙂

  • I love this! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Sometimes it’s really hard for me to figure out which decision would be God’s will. I pray a lot for discernment when it comes to these things. ♡

    • Tim Artman
      February 4, 2019

      Thanks Emily!

      I agree that it can be confusing at times, but God has given us the sure way to decide!

  • Paul .N. Kambi
    February 4, 2019

    Great insight. God bless you.

    • Tim Artman
      February 4, 2019

      Thanks Paul!

  • Janene Eldred
    February 14, 2019

    Amen, brother! It can be difficult when seeking God’s will, and there don’t seem to be any obstacles in your path. I know I want to make sure it is His will, and hesitate to make a decision. Recently, I did that, and God basicly pushed me through the door He wanted me to go through! God bless your decisions!

    • Tim Artman
      February 14, 2019

      Awesome, Thanks Janene!

  • Janene Eldred
    March 16, 2019

    Love, love, love this post! I am just starting an online business, and have been praying about it for awhile. But I have always been taught, (and it makes sense), that if it isn’t against God’s word, to move on what we believe is God’s will. If we are listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit, God will open or close the door. I am praying daily for God’s will in my business, and believe He will show me the way. Amen, and thank you again! God bless you!

    • Tim Artman
      March 19, 2019

      Hey Janene! I’m glad it helped you, what great timing!

  • Teri
    April 1, 2019

    This is one of the most profound posts I’ve ever read! I never thought about decision-making and “wisdom” in this context. Faith and wisdom (if not God’s) can be in direct opposition to one another! Greta post!

    • Tim Artman
      April 2, 2019

      Thanks Teri!
      That’s exactly what I thought when God showed it to me! I appreciate your kind words.

  • Rachel
    April 1, 2019

    This is a hard topic because at the same time that He calls us to do things that don’t make sense, He also gives us common sense to use to make wise decisions. I’ve been studying and teaching through the fear of the Lord in Proverbs. That is the best place to start. Rather than asking “what should I do?” asking “God, how do you want me to use my everyday life to participate in what you are already doing?” is a different way to ask the question. Great post! Thanks for the thoughts!

    • Tim Artman
      April 2, 2019

      Hi Rachel!
      The first thing I thought of was 1 Corinthians 2:14. Our natural minds cannot understand the things of the Spirit. I think that’s why God showed it to me in this way, to distinguish His leading from our natural method of making decisions.

  • Beth
    April 1, 2019

    Couldn’t agree more, Tim. My pastor did a sermon (and has repeated this message in the past) that is based off of Andy Stanley’s book, What’s the Wise Thing to Do. I had the same objections to my pastor’s sermons as you’ve pointed out here. It’s as if we can offer people cookie-cutter Christianity and think they will find God’s will that way. My pastor sited Eph. 5:15-17–focusing almost entirely on “wisdom” in that passage and not giving much or any emphasis to “God’s will.” It’s a message crafted for “itching ears” in my opinion. Thanks for speaking out!

    • Tim Artman
      April 2, 2019

      Hi Beth!
      It’s a small adjustment but what a difference it makes. Thanks for reading!

  • Leah
    April 3, 2019

    Can relate to this in many ways. I actually took a pay cut to leave a very stressful job and was a little nervous on the outcome. God showed up and showed out just like he always does. Keep sharing your words. They are great!

    • Tim Artman
      April 3, 2019

      Thanks, Leah!

  • A Epae Savoy
    April 3, 2019

    Fantastic! Thank you.

    • Tim Artman
      April 4, 2019

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • Very informative food for thought.

    • Tim Artman
      April 4, 2019

      Thanks Carole!

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