How to Seek God When Making Decisions
Written by Phylicia Masonheimer | August 5, 2016
Earlier this month, my husband, Josh, and I were confronted with more decisions than I cared to handle. We had to decide whether to take a particular job opportunity. We had to decide what to do with one of our vehicles. We had to decide which new car to buy. When it was all over, I was completely exhausted by decision-making.
We spent a lot of time in prayer those few weeks. We wanted to be sure the decisions we made were right, but sometimes it felt like God was silent. Which way were we to turn? What was the best choice?
Perhaps you’re in a season of decision-making and aren’t sure which way to turn. If so, the following three steps may help you as you navigate the choices ahead.
1. Ask for wisdom
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. (James 1:5)
It may seem abstract to ask for wisdom, but wisdom is exactly what we need in seasons of decision-making. It is wisdom that enables us to make an educated, knowledgeable choice from the options available to us, and it is wisdom that ensures the choice we make is the one God will bless. That’s why God is always willing to give us wisdom when we ask for it!
King Solomon was greatly blessed, not because he asked for money or fame, but because he asked for wisdom. He knew he couldn’t make the right decisions on his own power and sought God’s help because of it. It takes humility of spirit to ask God for His wisdom, but when we do, we are guaranteed His presence as we seek to make the right choices.
2. Assess the opportunities
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. (Proverbs 19:22)
I don’t know about you, but it’s easier for me to make a decision when I have fewer options as opposed to more! As you seek God’s wisdom and ask Him to direct your path, assess the opportunities being offered to you. See if you can eliminate any of the options, narrowing your decision to as few possibilities as you can. This will help you pray specifically and have clarity of mind concerning the decision to be made.
3. Seek peace
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (Isaiah 26:3)
If there’s one thing I struggled with during our season of decision-making, it was a lack of peace. My mind was constantly churning over the issues at hand. But in order to make a wise decision, we can’t be burdened with worry, anxiety or urgency. This is why we need to seek the peace of God.
God promises that our minds will stay peaceful if we anchor them on Him. Each time you feel anxious about the decision ahead, submit it to God in prayer. The temptation to worry is a great reminder to pray throughout the day, bringing your concerns to God and asking Him to lead you to the correct path. In seeking peace, you protect your mind from negative influences and attitudes, which in turn help you to make the wisest and best decision.