WHATEVER SHALL I DO, LORD
“How long is it going to take God to free us from the unhealthy habit of thinking only about ourselves? We must get to the point of being sick to death of ourselves, until there is no longer any surprise at anything God might tell us about ourselves. We cannot reach and understand the depths of our own meagerness. There is only one place where we are right with God, and that is in Christ Jesus. Once we are there, we have to pour out our lives for all we are worth in this ministry of the inner life.” Oswald Chambers
Self is the biggest stumbling block in our Christian walk. And it invades our decisions, even for the strongest believer. Satan specializes in throwing the committed life into confusion. Confronted by a myriad of possible solutions to any given situation, most of which may appear harmless or justifiable, the Christian who does not use Biblical principles in decision-making may feel insecure, procrastinate, or become frozen with fear. The Christian may mistakenly believe that God’s mind is unknowable.
Part of our worship is to surrender our bodies, “as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God” which Paul says is our “spiritual act of worship.” (Romans 12:1 NIV). This includes our decisions. How do we weed out self interest in our decisions?
A good decision is a God decision.
God does not hide himself in obscure situations. God has made known his “divine nature and eternal power since the creation of the world.” He makes himself plain to those who are willing to see His truth. To make a good decision that is routed in the will of God begins by acknowledging this fact: God wants to make His will known.
A God decision is a result of conviction.
Conviction causes the individual to act. Guilt causes retreat. Conviction is the work of the Holy Spirit. Guilt is the result of enslavement to sin and has no place in the Christian’s decision making process.
A God decision enhances spiritual development
Spiritual development never remains stagnant. We either move closer in our relationship to God, or we move farther away. In examining our choices, we need to ask ourselves if the outcome will be a hindrance to our walk with God or bring us closer in our fellowship with Him.
A God decision is compatible with Scripture
God does not ask us to do something that is contrary to His Word. Even those outcomes that might benefit the church, our families, or our pocketbooks, need scrutiny. Will this option be consistent with God’s teaching? Using the Bible as a litmus test will help us avoid making a spiritually wrong turn.
A God decision is a faith decision
Gideon’s fleece (Judges 6 & 7) was a prayer of non-faith. Sometimes God wants us to proceed on Faith alone, even against the seeming contradictions in life. God does not ask us to make this faith decision without evidence or promises. But He may ask the Christian to hold to the promise when confronted with an option that might corrupt or delay God’s promise.
A God decision is knowable
For the Christian, there is no deep mystery to finding God’s will. There is no need for a crystal ball, magic potion, or mind meld. He makes the right path clearly known for He desires only good things for His children. He knows our needs for material things (Matthew 6:33). But even more, He desires that we walk in harmony with Him for that will bring us the greatest rewards (Matthew 6:19-20). God’s good choice is clear IF we desire to know it. Then it is up to us either to reject that which He makes known or to claim the promise of a more excellent way.