Decisions, Decisions

Life is full of decisions, one decision after another, after another, after another, after another.  It is never ending.  The other day I was asked the question, “How can you put your trust and faith in God when you have a difficult decision to make?”  That is an excellent question, and some of the old posts address this to some degree.  This is an excellent question because it applies to each of us, we all have difficult decisions to make and every time we have to decide if we are going to put our faith and trust in God.

In Matthew 6:25 – 34 we see some answers to this question.  You see this question comes down to our own trust in God.  Do we really trust that God will be the type of God who does what he says he will do?  In this passage Jesus gives us an example of how God feeds birds and how God clothes the lilies of the field to be beautiful.  He shares these two examples to make the point that if God is going take care of birds and flowers, which are not extremely significant beings, and who were not made in the image of God, then why would he not take care of us?  You see we are much more significant in God’s eyes than birds and flowers. We are the creation that he made in his image, the creation he made to have dominion over the earth.  That being the case we need to be reminded that God cares about us and desires to provide for us.  Read these verses:

So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matt 6:32-34

Here is the thing, God knows what we need and he desires to give us what we need, but do we believe that?  What has God done to show you that is true?  He has shown me time and time again in my life.  He gave me an amazing wife that is much better then I ever could have imagined.  He has given me two healthy, beautiful boys.  He has provided for me financially when I was not sure where the money would come from.  He has allowed me to have a positive influence in other peoples life and show me that he can use even me to do good things for people.  The list can go on and on, but what has he done for you?  Maybe today would be good day to get a journal or piece of paper and write down some things you can remember that God has done for you.

The other part of the question of how you can put your trust and faith in God in tough decisions goes to verse 33.  It says that if we seek God and his ways that all these things (our needs) will be given to us.  That part of the answer is I can trust God because he is good and has provided for me in the past.  The other part is that I can trust God will provide for me if I am seeking him and his ways because he says that is the case in the bible.  So you can be confident in putting your faith and trust in God in difficult decisions if you are being obedient to God.  If you are doing what God wants you to do and being the person that God wants you to be, then you can trust that God will provide for you needs.  If he doesn’t,then he is a liar because that is what he said in his scripture. 

Remember what God has done in your life and/or other peoples lives that you know and seek him and his ways.  That is the key to trusting God in the midst of decisions big and small.  Also remember, trusting God in a small decision is not different from trusting God in a big decision.  We either do or we don’t.  Lets not make it harder then it is.  If you are unsure what decision to make then seek his word and him in prayer, and ask for advise from Godly people you know.

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  1. Anonymous
    June 20, 2006 at 1:50 pm

    This is good. Yes, we can always look at God’s word and/or character to make decisions. But what about when we are trying to make a big decision and both answers are good, both are godly.

  2. June 20, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    That is another good question. Really I would love to help you with that if you were willing to tell me the details, you can email me at castletoni@gmail.com. On a general basis it would come back to the convictions you have about a situation from spending time in prayers, reflection, and God’s word. Some times two decisions might both seem good but when taking the context of each decision can change things. For example, if a guy and a girl have a good Godly relationship, are in love, and are convinced that they are soulmates; should they get married? The answer might be yes, but the answer might also be not yet, and both answers are good. Are they still both in school and have no means of financial support, do they live in different cities and neither can realistically move in the near future, have they discussed how many kids they want to have and where they want to live? These are all good questions to ask that can change the outcome of the decision. Both choices are good, get married soon, or wait and continue to date for a while longer, or even do not get married all. Those could all be good decisions with different benefits to them, but what is the right situation for right now? That is just a broad explanation and I hope that helps if you have something specific please email me and I will help if I can, castletoni@gmail.com. All things are considered confidential.

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