Should I stay or should I go? Should my answer be yes or no? Some decisions are easy to make, but there are times when choices leave us baffled and befuddled.
The solutions to some problems are quickly discovered and come as easily and flipping on a light switch. Frequently though, life can be a perplexing journey filled with head-banging frustration as you seek an elusive answer:
- Where should I live?
- Which doctor should I use and which treatment should I try?
- Should I keep the job I have or should I seek employment elsewhere?
- Is this the person I should marry?
- Which college should I choose to pursue my education?
Psalms 25:12:12 offers the assurance that, The Lord shows his faithful followers the way they should live. And, Proverbs 3:5-6 says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
The question remains: How can you know that you’re making the right decision? Let me suggest a few questions that might help you focus your thoughts:
- Am I violating any biblical principles?
- Will my actions be an embarrassment to my parents or grandparents?
- Is it legal, moral, and ethical?
- Who will it help and who will it hinder?
- What is the financial, emotional, and spiritual cost to me and my family?
- Will my decision lead me to do what’s good, better or best?
- Have I prayed about my situation?
When you confuse your wants and desires with your needs, making the right choice can be difficult. Your discernment can be hindered due to either wanting too much of the wrong thing or desiring too little of the right thing—both can be obstacles when you pray for guidance:
George Muller, a champion of orphans and an evangelist, once said: Nine-tenths of difficulties are overcome when our hearts are ready to do the Lord’s will, whatever it may be. When one is truly in this state, it is usually but a little way to the knowledge of what His will is.
Here are four steps to consider as you chose your path in life:
- Yield to God, and be willing to will the will of God for life (Joshua 24:14-15).
- Spend some time in prayer and meditating on God’s word (Joshua 1:8).
- Seek the counsel of the wise (Proverbs 19:20).
- Don’t rush your decision; take the time to think it through (Proverbs 21:5).
In times of indecision, I’ve found comfort in Jeremiah 29:11; and I think you might as well: I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. ~Jeremiah 29:11