Do You Ask God Before Making Decisions?

The Bible teaches us to inquire of God before making decisions.  Do we? The Old Testament teaches the importance of asking God for directions before making any decision.  King Saul made decisions without asking God and was not obedient when he did receive God’s guidance. King David asked and responded exactly to what God’s directions were.  King Saul did not receive God’s approval and King David was a man after God’s own heart.  The greatest gift God gave King Solomon was wisdom?  Are we wise enough to make important decisions?  That does not mean we should wait for God to give us a sign or an inner conviction on every choice.  In many cases we need to do adequate research and seek advice of other Christians.  I find the answer to a question is answered from what I read or those whose advice I consider worthy.  However, that does not mean I did not pray prior to doing my research. 

“In all your ways submit to him, and he will direct your paths.” — Proverbs 3:6 (NIV)

If you have decisions to make, who do you want giving directions?  God knows everything about us and knows what our future will be.  Don’t you think His guidance would be the best?  Then should we not pray for His directions before we make any decision?  Do we not want God to direct our path down the road of life?  God will guide us one step at a time and He will never advise us to do anything contrary to Scripture. 

Ephesians 1:17 – “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”

Just think how different we would be if we have received the Spirit of wisdom and revelation. I believe it is available and something we should pray for if we don’t have.  I have a number of clients who have made some very unwise decisions.  When they made the decision they did not consider the unintended consequence.  They had to take bankruptcy, some lost their homes and others have struggled financially.   Don’t we realize that God knows the result before we ever make the decision?  God loves us and wants what is best for us. 

Wouldn’t we prefer leaders who have Godly wisdom rather than an arrogant, know-it-all, worldly leader making decisions?  Just because we have knowledge does not necessarily make us wise.  Do we allow knowledge to take precedence over wisdom?  Knowledge would encourage us to make decisions based on what we know and wisdom would be to seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance.  Just because everyone is doing it does not make it the thing we are to do.  Christians have an advantage if we have the faith to wait on God. 

Every one of us has a worldly nature and a spiritual nature.  The two natures are in conflict with each other because the worldly nature is self-serving and the spiritual nature is God-serving.  Therefore, the condition of our spiritual heart determines the kinds of decisions we make.  Business decisions, job decisions, family decisions and personal decisions are all affected by our true nature or heart. 

Countless Scriptures make the point that spiritual health is a direct outgrowth of our spiritual natures winning the conflict taking place within us. 

Galatians 5:16 – 18 – “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”

Paul is reminding Christians they had received the Holy Spirit and now must live by the Spirit.  There may be times when we will have relapses.  But if we live in the Spirit, we will have a supernatural power that will help us overcome our selfish desires and lusts. Our commitment and personal relationship with Christ will help determine the strength of that supernatural power.  Most of the time, our self-centered nature and the Holy Spirit within us will be in conflict.  Our carnal nature will put us before everyone else.  The conflict might be to what extent are we willing to share with others?  Are we good stewards of our time, our love and our possessions?  Are we continually progressing in our daily surrender to Christ?  Our spiritual health helps determine the kind of decisions we will make.  A strong Christian who is living to please God will take the time to pray prior to making major decisions.  What believer does not want to live to please God? 









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