Have you ever noticed that as our society moves forward, and technology advances that we are faced with an overwhelming amount of choices? The internet alone has opened up a whole wide world of choices for anything we want to purchase or do, right in our living rooms. This of course is a great invention and one that most of us can not even imagine living without; it’s the reason you are able to read this post. But sometimes having an amazingly large number of choices available to us makes life much more complex.
I’ve been pondering this issue in my own life, and asking myself this question. “How do I know if I am making the right decisions when it comes to choices that will direct and define my life?” It’s easy to discern the correct choice when it’s just a matter of right and wrong: truth vs. lie, honesty vs. cheating, peace vs. violence. But we mostly face choices between seemingly good things. Should we take job A or job B, date Mike or Tom, or attend Central University or State University? Neither choice would be wrong, but is there one that would be better and how do we get it right?
There are many great choices out there, but they aren’t all right for us. What is good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander, because God has specific plans for each of us. Look at Romans 12:2:
” Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
You will not be short of other people’s advice, and of course you should consider sound counsel. But the point of the passage is that we shouldn’t make a decision based solely on what others have done or think we should do. We have to do what is right for us and the best way to find that out is to include God in the decision making. There are so many scriptures where God says He will lead us if we let him. On our own we can certainly make good choices, but when we get God involved our choices go from good to BEST!
Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth.