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Divine Guidance: A Blueprint for Biblical Decision-Making

March 19, 2024

Decisions, decisions. Life is full of them, from the small and seemingly insignificant to those that can change the course of our lives forever. In the midst of these crossroads, many of us seek guidance to make choices that align with our faith and values. So, what does the Bible say about decision-making? Let’s explore a biblical approach to making choices, grounded in prayer, wisdom, and trust in God.

Here are seven steps to follow for Biblical decision-making, along with Scripture references and key questions to consider at every step:

1 – Begin with prayer

Before embarking on any decision-making process, it’s vital to start with prayer. Communicating with God isn’t just about asking for what we want; it’s about aligning our hearts with His will. Through prayer, we open ourselves to His guidance and peace, laying a solid foundation for the decisions ahead.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – I Thessalonians 5:16-18

Questions to Consider:

  • Have I dedicated time to pray specifically about this decision?
  • Am I seeking God’s will with an open heart, ready to listen and obey?
  • How can I incorporate prayer into every stage of this decision-making process?

2 – Define the issue with wisdom

Wisdom is key in making informed decisions. This involves not only identifying the options but also considering the potential consequences of each choice. Asking God for wisdom can illuminate the path forward, helping us to see our situation more clearly and from His perspective.

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1:5

Questions to Consider:

  • What exactly is the decision I need to make? Have I clearly defined the issue?
  • Have I asked God for wisdom to understand the depth and implications of this decision?
  • What information or resources do I need to gather to make an informed decision?

3 – Seek Biblical wisdom

God’s Word offers invaluable insights into how we should live our lives, including how we make decisions. By studying the Scriptures, we can gain clarity on whether our choices align with God’s principles and teachings. This spiritual “lamp” can guide us through the darkest of decisions.

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. – Psalm 119:105

Questions to Consider:

  • Does this decision align with biblical principles and teachings?
  • Are there specific Scriptures that speak to this situation or decision?
  • How does God’s Word guide me in making choices that honor Him?

4 – Seek Godly Counsel

No man (or woman) is an island, especially when it comes to decision-making. Seeking the advice of trusted friends, family members, church leaders, or pastors can provide us with a broader perspective and possibly reveal options or consequences we hadn’t considered. These godly counselors can echo God’s wisdom and guide us toward His desires for our lives.

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. – Proverbs 15:22

Questions to Consider:

  • Who are the godly individuals in my life that I can consult about this decision?
  • Have I been open and honest with my advisors about my thoughts and concerns?
  • How do the perspectives of my advisors align with biblical wisdom?

5 – Trust the Lord with Your Decision

After diligent prayer, seeking wisdom, and consulting with godly advisors, the next step is to trust God with your decision. Trusting God means having faith in His guidance and believing that, as long as we follow Him, He will direct our paths. Remember, if it matters to you, it matters to Him (1 Peter 5:7).

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  – Proverbs 3:5-6

Questions to Consider:

  • Am I willing to trust God’s plan and timing, even if it’s different from my own?
  • Have I surrendered my desires and fears to God, trusting Him with the outcome?
  • What steps can I take to strengthen my faith and trust in God during this process?

6 – When Necessary, Admit Mistakes & Adjust Accordingly

We’re human, and we will make mistakes. But God’s grace is sufficient in our weakness. When we realize a decision hasn’t turned out as hoped, it’s important to seek God’s forgiveness, learn from our missteps, and adjust our course accordingly. This humble approach keeps us dependent on God’s mercy and wisdom.

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. – Proverbs 28:13

Questions to Consider:

  • Am I open to recognizing and admitting if I’ve made a mistake in my decision?
  • How can I humbly seek God’s forgiveness and guidance to correct my course?
  • What lessons have I learned from this decision that I can apply in the future?

7 – Praise God for the Outcome

Regardless of the outcome, give thanks to God. Praising Him in every circumstance keeps our hearts focused on Him and not on our circumstances. It acknowledges His sovereignty over our lives and our trust in His ultimate plan for us.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:4-7

Questions to Consider:

  • How can I express my gratitude to God, regardless of the outcome?
  • What are the ways I can see God’s hand at work in the decision and its aftermath?
  • How can this decision and its outcome lead me to deeper trust and worship of God?

Decision-making can be challenging, but by following these biblical principles, we can navigate the complexities of life with faith and wisdom. Remember, God is with you every step of the way, guiding, supporting, and loving you through every decision you make.

Now it’s your turn. What’s your favorite piece of advice for decision-making? Leave a comment below to encourage others as they stop by this post.

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