Be decisive

27 January 2019
‘The one who doubts is like a wave of the sea…such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.’

Have you ever put off making a decision because you didn’t know what to do? It may help take the pressure off for a while, but most decisions can’t be put off forever. And the longer we leave them, the more stress and pressure we can actually feel. When we avoid making decisions it’s usually because we’re afraid to make the wrong one. We don’t want to fail. But the great news is that we can go to God for wisdom. And His wisdom can help us to be decisive. The Bible says: ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do’ (James 1:5-8 NIV). This tells us that we shouldn’t doubt God. We should believe He’ll give us wisdom. And it will be the exact wisdom we need. Also, when we doubt our own decisions, we become unstable. We wonder whether we should have made another choice. But we often won’t be able to see what it would have been like if we’d chosen another path. We have to trust God to bring good out of the decision we made. That doesn’t mean we should just make decisions without thinking. We need to weigh things up, we need to ask others for advice, and we need to pray for God’s wisdom. But let’s not let fear and doubt stop us from making decisions and moving forwards.

 

What Now?

Write a list of any decisions you need to make. Find a quiet spot, and spend time asking God for His wisdom for each of those decisions.

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