Making A Decision
How do we make decisions in our life?
With prayer, faith and wisdom…
Recently I have had to make some important decisions in my life. It was a crossroads. I knew that in either choice I make, it will determine the direction of my life for the next 25years. Neither choice appeared bad, but both appeared good. The decision left me unable to choose.
In the Bible, the story of King Herod comes to mind as an example of how not to make a decision.
King Herod had unlawfully married his brother’s wife. She had left his brother for him, and he had taken her from his brother. John the baptist preach that their marriage was unlawful. So Herod imprisoned John for the sake of his wife. What is interesting though is that Herod liked to listen to John’s preaching and didn’t want to harm him. But his wife wanted John’s head on a platter. He had a choice to make, listen to John or listen to his wife, but he could not do both. But as time went on Herod became trapped and the decision was forced upon him so that he killed John. Instead of making his decision he waited until the decision was made for him. And this decision haunted him so that he even thought Jesus was John risen from the dead to judge him.
Does any of this sound familiar? In leaving decisions unmade we are allowing the situation to choose for us. And this could mean being put into a situation we actually don’t want to be in at all or loosing both opportunities altogether.
But what stops us from choosing and making our decision? When I had waited too long in indecision I saw the situation changing and it appeared as a do or die moment. Either get this decided or give up both opportunities. Needless to say I felt I all I wanted to do was run away. I began to pray. For the next couple of days I did not get much sleep. I spent my evenings praying. I gave myself a deadline and prayed for wisdom. No I did not hear a voice from God telling me what to do. But God did give wisdom to see what was going on in my heart. It was bound by fear. There were many different sides to it, but i think it could all boil down into ‘fear of making the wrong choice and all that would come with it,’ or simply ‘fear of loss.’
The deadline came without resolution, but the next day I was able to write this prayer.
Dear Lord, I need to make a decision. It deals with… … … and a whole lot more.
Please help me to make this decision from a heart of faith, satisfied in You, trusting in You, and seeking to please You.
I ask for wisdom to discern good from evil, and fear from faith, love from loneliness, and burdens I carry from responsibility I have.
Lord may Your Spirit direct me and guide me till I am able to not only make but walk in the decision before me.
Lord may I not procrastinate which I know I do! But in good speed and without delay may I apply myself to this task in all seriousness.
Lord, You are all I need. If all of this was to pass away, all opportunity, all persons, even all things that I have, I confess that You, and You alone are all I need.
The opportunities, persons, responsibilities are gifts of your mercy. They are opportunities to walk in service, humility, and mercy. I am not worthy of the least of these. May I use these opportunities for Your glory.
Through the time of prayer I was able to see the fear that had bound my heart. And I was taught to return to faith. This became the foundation and helped me see everything from the right perspective. And then a couple of days later I was able to make my decision and now the more I think about it the more happier I am that I did.