Life is full of choices. In fact, you had to make a choice to even start reading this devotion about making choices! So, the issue is not the mere act of making choices itself, but rather learning how to make not just good choices, or better choices, but the best choices.
I’m sure you already know your actions are a matter of choice. You also know that some choices are made for you because they are out of your control. You have no control over things like your work hours, the city or school bus schedules, the times for your church services.
You get the picture.
A Multitude of Choices
But multitudes of choices arrive with each new day—almost at the rate of one per minute!—which are yours to make. And these choices, my friend, are a matter of your will. You get to decide what you will or won’t do, how you will or won’t act. You get to make the choices, which means you can’t blame anyone else for what happens next! Hopefully you are already making good, better, and best choices.
Why? Because you cannot take back a wrong choice or any of its undesired consequences. But you can choose to learn from each wrong choice. You can log those wrong choices and purpose to leave them behind. With the experience behind you, and with God’s help, you will do better the next time. You will make a better choice!
Before Making a Choice
As I look back, I realize I learned many times the hard way that, when I didn't pray, seek God's wisdom, or ask for godly advice, I just about always make wrong decisions.
So, you might be asking, How do I make the best decision? Well, speaking from experience, here are some guiding principles to use Before Making a Choice:
- Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6-7)
- When in doubt, don’t (Romans 14:23)
- Ask “What does the Bible say?” (John 17:17
- Do what you know is right (James 4:14)
- Don’t let fear influence you (1 John 4:18)
But regardless, our wonderful God wants to step in and help you take the shattered pieces of your life and put them back together with the salvation and grace that comes from accepting Jesus as Savior and walking by His Spirit.
Nothing that has happened in your life is beyond the loving hands of the God of all comfort, the God of all grace, the God of all healing, and especially the God who loves you unconditionally regardless of your past—and regardless of your poor choices! What a great God you have and serve!
Dear God, thank You for the wisdom You give in Your Word. Help me make the best decisions, based on Your ways. Amen.
When you are faced with a choice to make, start praying over your options—right now. And if you know there is something extremely important you need to do to benefit others, then do it right now.
The issue is not the mere act of making choices itself, but rather learning how to make not just good choices, or better choices, but the best choices.