How to Make the Right Decision

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.”Luke 6:46-48

The story of our life is largely written by the decisions we make and the results. At 57, I can look back over the years of my life and benchmark turning points where decisions, good and bad, were made. The direction my life has taken is a result of those decisions. While God has used every decision to Eventually work out His will, I can tell you that I have gone through many valleys that may have been avoided if I had made a different decision at the time.

So how can we know we are making the right decision? It all boils down to the first decision we make in any crossroad in life. It is the decision found in Luke 6:46-48. It is the decision to do what God tells us to do not necessarily what we want to do. When decision time comes in our life what do we use to determine our decisions? Here are a few things people base life changing decisions on:

1. What will other people think

2. What will benefit me financially

3. What will make me more popular

4. What will make me feel good

5. What would a celebrity (as seen on TV) do

It is no wonder we have people today whose lives have been ruined because of a bad or unwise decision. In Luke 6, Jesus tells us how to make sure the decisions we make will keep our lives on solid ground so that when the difficult times of life come, we will not be shaken. Here are three key steps to making the right decision:

1. Come to God for advice

Jesus said in Luke 6:47, “As for everyone WHO COMES TO ME …” The first step in making the right decision is to ask ourself, what does God want me to do. This should be the criteria we use to make our decision not the things mentioned above.

2. Listen to what God has to say

Jesus continues “… and HEARS MY WORDS …” The Bible was written by God and preserved for us to read so we could know what God says. The Bible gives us truth that, if followed, will guide us to make the right decision in every situation in our life.

3. Put into practice what God says

Jesus concludes His three point description of a wise person by pointing out that a wise person comes to Him, listens to His words, “… and PUTS THEM INTO PRACTICE …” The hardest part of decision making is actually making the decision. Doing things God’s way in a world that, by in large, rejects God, it not always an easy decision. However, it will always insure we have made a right decision that will be guarded, upheld and supported by the God who directed us to make it.

Jesus began His discussion in Luke 6:46 by asking His disciples why they called Him Lord (master, boss) but would not do what He told them to do? When we do what our Lord (master, boss, loving Heavenly Father) tells us to do, He will make sure we stand on solid ground in our lives. It is only when we make decisions without consulting the boss that we are standing on unstable ground that will, sooner or later, give way and we will suffer.

How do we make the right decision? Ask the one who knows everything, God!