The Faith Difference: Making Tough Choices
If making good decisions only meant drawing up a list of pros and cons and choosing the optimal outcome, we would never need faith.
What do you do when you’re faced with a difficult decision?
If you’re a person of faith, the first step is to look in the Scriptures and pray.
What if God still remains silent?
I’ve come across some interesting explanations throughout the years:
… Maybe there’s a hidden sin keeping you from hearing from God.
… Maybe you’re not walking in God’s will.
… Maybe you lack faith.
In other words, Try harder.
This advice is misleadingly harmful because it takes our focus away from trusting God. Under this light, God becomes a harsh judge, withholding much needed wisdom and help.
These doubts put us on the slippery slope of hunting for God’s will, rather than seeking His guidance. It discourages us from connecting with God. We turn from confiding in Him, to trying to fix ourselves. We incorrectly conclude God must be hiding the answer from us because there is something wrong with us.
This Is The Time
This is the wrong mindset to take when we are trying to make tough decisions. When we’re at a fork in the road and the stakes are high — when either choices look equally good or equally menacing – that is the time to totally, completely, and foolishly trust in God’s unconditional commitment to us.
When we’re making a difficult decision and God seems silent — This is the time to –
* Remember we are like sheep and He is the Shepherd. He will not let us fall off the cliff.
* Draw near to God. He will draw near to us, even if we do not hear Him in that moment.
* Hold onto radical, unconditional grace. We came to Him because His love is perfect, not because we are.
* Be bold, ask for wisdom, wise counsel — taking into account circumstance and common sense — and make the best decision, trusting God will use the outcome to make us more like Christ.
* Cast all our cares on Him, even as we feel anxious, worried, and doubtful.
The true test in making tough decisions is how much we’re willing to bet that God is on our side.
Do I really believe in God’s grace and unconditional favor?
Do I value spiritual fruit over external success?
These are the questions I ask myself whenever I struggle with a tough decision. When my head and heart can answer yes, I am free to make my choice.
One thing is certain. If I can keep my faith intact, I can be confident God will guide my steps.
So can you.
Therefore they said to Him,
“What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?”
Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”
~ John 6:28, 29
Jesus responds to the crowd
when they ask for a sign.
What encourages you to make tough decisions?
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