Life is full of decisions. What should I wear today? What should I order for dinner? What movie should I watch tonight? What book should I read?
We make minor decisions all day long. But sometimes we need guidance in more important matters.
And when facing those difficult situations, it can be really hard not to want to follow our own way instead of relying on God for guidance and wisdom.
But God is the only source of true wisdom. Therefore, we must go to God first, not last, when making decisions.
You might be wondering: How do I ask God for advice? What does the Bible say about decision making?
There are many Bible verses for guidance in decision making. God doesn’t want us to flounder in life. He has a purpose for our lives and gives us direction in His Word to guide us into and through His purposes for us.
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How Do I Seek God’s Guidance in Decision Making?
God loves us and gives us free will to make decisions and live life the way we desire. Sometimes, He gives us a choice in our decision making. However, He wants us to keep in mind His perfect will.
Therefore, we must seek Him and seek to know His will. So, how do I seek God’s guidance in decision making? Here’s what I do…
- Dive into God’s Word for answers.
- Ask God for wisdom.
- Trust the Spirit’s leading.
- Commit my decision making to the Lord.
- Trust God with the outcome.
Before we turn to other sources of wise counsel, we should first dive into God’s Word for answers on decision making. Scripture is living and active. God speaks to us through the Bible.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.Jeremiah 29:11
God has a long-term plan for your life. He has plans to take care of you and protect you. He will not abandon you in your decision making.
Recently, I had to make a very important decision. I was on maternity leave and had all the intention to go back to work. However, when it came down to it, I really didn’t feel that was where I was being called. I believe it was because the Holy Spirit was calling me towards something greater, including being at home with my kids.
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.Romans 8:26-27
God has sent the Holy Spirit to be our intermediary and help us with decision making. God helps and guides those who search for Him with all their heart. The Spirit is the Spirit of truth and will help reveal to us decisions that align with God’s will.
Bible Verses for Guidance in Decision Making
How many times have you been faced with a tough decision? You came to a road and there were two paths you could take, but you didn’t know which one to follow. Did you feel overwhelmed and helpless?
Those of us who follow Jesus have access to God’s Word, prayer, and advice of other Christians to help us make decisions. Here are several Bible verses about making tough decisions that will be a great help.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7
God tells us not to be anxious about anything because He is always in control. He always has our best interest at heart. Trusting God when making decisions brings peace in the midst of our confusion.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.Proverbs 3:5
So often we want to go our own way and make our own decisions before seeking godly counsel. When we turn to God’s Word, we can find comfort and safety knowing He has everything planned for us.
Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.Psalms 25:4-5
God loves us and wants us to bring our tough situations to him. While He might not answer our requests the way we’d like, He knows what is best for us and has planned something greater. When making tough decisions, submit your intentions to God and humbly follow His direction.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28
God is always in action in our lives. God works in and through all things. He has a plan that is for our good and His glory.
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.Psalms 37:4-5
Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.Proverbs 16:3
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.Proverbs 3:6
You must commit your decision making to the Lord. By doing so, you will be able to trust Him with the outcome, knowing that He is directing your thoughts and decisions in order to direct your path.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.James 1:5
Ask God for wisdom in your decision making. It might not always work out the way you want it to, but you can trust that God will reveal His will and direct your path in His timing.
Consulting God Before Making Decisions
God should be involved in our decision making. Prayer is an important part of making the right decisions in life. We should daily pray and ask God for help and wisdom. We don’t have to make decisions on our own.
God calls us to seek Him in prayer when we are indecisive. Prayer places God at the forefront of our hearts and mind. It makes Him the first choice in our decisions and helps us to be obedient to His will.
Are you in need of prayer for guidance in making a decision? Here is a prayer to help make the right decision whatever choice you are being faced with today.
Here is a Prayer for Guidance Printable. You might want to hang this in your prayer closet as a reminder and encouragement!
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It can be challenging to make wise decisions. But remember, God loves you and wants what is best for you. His ways are always better than ours. Lean in and trust Him with your decisions.
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