By Not Known
We are constantly making decisions whether for ourselves, our families, work or ministries. Proverbs 3:5,6 are wonderful verses which assure us of God’s guidance but also warn us not to rely on our wisdom. “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 direct your paths.” Our default mode is to rely on our experience, our ability to size up situations or people. We easily persuade ourselves that we are infallible. We can also be bound by tradition, stereotypical thinking or prejudice. The more perspectives we have, the better our decisions will be. Here are a few questions we can ask in our decision-making.
1 Am I committed to obey God’s leading when He clearly shows it?
2 Would God approve and be honoured if we did such and such?
3 Is this in full obedience to His Word?
4 Would the Gospel, Gospel values or Kingdom work be advanced?
5 Has God’s guidance been sought through earnest prayer and fasting?
6 Have all relevant points been considered?
7 Have the opinions of relevant parties been sought?
8 Do we take a balanced perspective, assessing positive as well as negative factors, distinguishing what is factual from what is speculative?
9 Do we take into account human feelings, eg empathy, compassion, love?
10 Has godly counsel been sought from mature, knowledgable Christians?
11 Is the decision for the good of the church, its reputation and its local witness?
12 Is there openness to the Spirit’s leading in possible fresh/new directions?
13 Does everyone have the peace of God to move forward?
14 Can it stand the scrutiny of logic, responsibility and good sense?
15 Is it an impulsive decision or one that is well thought through?
16 Are our motives pleasing to God?
17 Would God be pleased with the process as well as the outcome?
Of this we can be assured: “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” Ps 25:9. “I will counsel you and watch over you.” Ps 32:8.