Friday, July 31, 2015

How To Make Wise Decisions

As followers of Christ the Bible gives us lots of advice about how to make wise decisions.
Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?" 2 Chronicles 1:10
In the past days I have been praying, seeking others advice and staying open to where God may be directing our church and our school.  I just reread some wise counsel from a personal mentor of mine, Dr. Rick Warren who writes:   
“When I find myself stuck over a decision, I go back to the basics with these four steps:  
I admit I need God’s guidance to make any decision. None of us can see the future. We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow — much less next year or 10 years from now. The Bible says, “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death” Proverbs 14:12 On the other hand, God knows everything that has happened to you, that is happening to you, and that will happen to you. In order to keep our ministries heading in the direction God desires, we have to go to him for guidance in making decisions.
I ask in faith for direction. “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 God is willing and anxious to give us wisdom in our decisions. But we need to expect that he will answer your prayer for guidance. Often, we ask God for guidance, but then we walk away without waiting for his answer. When we think our decisions depend totally on us, it only increases the stress level. When we ask God for guidance, we need to then begin looking for his answer. He will provide it.
I listen for God’s response. God designed you to hear his voice. Job 33:14 says, “For God does speak — now one way, now another — though man may not perceive itGod speaks to us through his Word, his people, circumstances, and impressions, among other ways. You need to be sure you’re listening to those “channels” so you can hear what the Lord is saying to you.
I trust God when I don’t understand. You’re already familiar with Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight”.  This is another reminder that you can’t figure everything out on your own. We are Christ followers, not Christ himself. And only God can tell you the best direction to go when you are making decisions.”
Seeking God, listening and expecting His response, trusting where He leads and taking in good counsel is the basis of all wise decision making. Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22
Please continue to pray for me and our churches leadership as we seek to make wise decisions for our church and school.    
Your pastor and partner in ministry,


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