Decisions we make can change the course of our lives—sometimes for good and sometimes for the not-so-good. For that reason, we need to exercise wisdom in making those decisions. This is especially true when our emotions are involved or when we’re overtired. It’s true, too, if we’re impulsive by nature. Or if we’re feeling pressured by peers, by time, or by finances.
So how can we be sure the decisions we make are wise? By asking the Lord to show us what to do and trusting that He’ll answer our prayer.
In this regard, I love the words King Jehoshaphat of Judah spoke to King Ahab of Israel in 2 Chronicles 18:4. King Ahab wanted to recover the land of Ramoth-gilead, so he’d asked King Jehoshaphat to join him in this endeavor. King Jehoshaphat replied, “Why, of course! You and I are as one, and my troops are your troops. We will certainly join you in battle.” Then he added, “But first let’s find out what the LORD says.”
I fully believe that God doesn’t mess with our heads or our hearts. If we’ve placed our faith in Jesus for salvation, then He’s our heavenly Father and we are His adopted children. Would He not care for us and want us to do well? Of course He would.
So long as our hearts are intent on honoring Christ in all things, we can be confident that God will be faithful to guide us. Let’s remember, then, to keep Him in the equation when we’re making decisions. Especially when wonderful-sounding opportunities come our way, let’s take time to find out what He says about them.
The methods God uses to communicate with us are endless. We simply need ears to hear and a heart that’s willing to accept His answer.