I’m a firm believer that our destination in life is largely determined by our daily decisions. In fact, I think we could all agree that we are where we are today primarily because of the good and bad decisions we have made down through the years. Think about it, the choices we have made, as it relates to God, education, career, relationships, and our personal health have helped to lead and guide us to our current status in life. So today, I want to share three biblical principles that will help us make wise choices.
- Never rush an important decision! No matter how time sensitive a decision may appear to be, don’t allow people to pressure you into making a fast decision. The Bible says it best in Psalm 46:10, “He says, be still, and know that I am God…” In other words, you should always take the time to pray, asking God for clear direction. Decisions made in haste are almost always regretted in the long run.
- Make sure you have all the facts! You cannot make a good decision based on limited information. There is an old expression, “If I knew then, what I KNOW now!” This expression suggests that if I had better information at the time, I would have chosen to do things differently. This is why the Bible admonishes us in Proverbs 18:13, “He who answers before listening, that is his folly and his shame.” Never make a move without getting all the facts!
- Remember that there are two-sides to every story! I love what Solomon says in Proverbs 18:17, “The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.” Always remember to hear both sides of the story before making a decision. Otherwise, your decisions may be skewed by a person’s bias, emotional state, and/or lack of knowledge of subject matter. Taking the necessary time to hear everyone out can be difficult, but well worth the effort.
Yes, our destination in life is largely determined by our daily decisions. Therefore, we have to make sure we don’t rush important decisions. We have to make sure that we have all the facts. And, we have to remember that there are two-sides to every story. Following these three biblical principles will certainly help us to make wise choices. I leave you with the words found in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. (6) In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”