A Checklist For Making Decisions

Have you ever had trouble trying to figure out God’s will for a big decision in your life? What if I told you to do whatever you want?

The Bible has much to say about God’s will. Which makes sense, because if He has a will and a plan for us, I think it’s safe to say that He would want us to know what it is. Imagine having a plan for your own children, one that you think would be ideal for them based on their temperament, their gifts and their skills. And then not sharing it with them? That would be absurd.

So, in my last two posts we looked at six components of God’s will for us that are outlined in His Word. To recap, they are:

  1. Saved
  2. Spirit-filled
  3. Sanctified
  4. Submissive
  5. Suffering
  6. Saying ‘Thanks’

These are from Dr. John MacArthur’s book, “Found: God’s Will.” God’s will for us is that we achieve or strive for all of these attributes. And the next question that someone will inevitably ask is, “Well, that’s all good, but it doesn’t address His will for my career or who I should marry or (fill in the blank). So what about that?”

Here’s the exciting thing: If you can check the boxes on all of the above, then do whatever you want! Do whatever career you want! Marry whomever you want! Live wherever you want! Crazy, right? Because here’s the thing: if you can check each of those boxes, you are going to be delighting yourself in the Lord. And Psalm 37:4 says if you “delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart.” Read that again carefully. Note that it does not say God will fulfill all your desires, but that He will give you the things you should desire. It’s an important distinction. In other words, if you are living a godly life, you will have godly desires. All that’s left is for you to make the choices that are before you and start moving.

But there is a caveat: this still doesn’t mean that things will go according to our plans or vision. God is still in control. We just need to get moving and allow Him to do the driving. In other words, we may start moving toward something and He may tweak it a bit and cause us to end up with different results than we expected. In his book, Pastor John uses an example of a guy who wanted to be a missionary in France. After checking himself against the qualifiers above, he confirmed that he could check all the boxes and decided that his desire to be a missionary was from God and so he went for it. But God had a slightly different location in mind and he ended up becoming a missionary in Canada to French-speaking Canadians.

That shouldn’t intimidate us because in Romans 8:28, God promises to work all things together for good for those who love Him. In other words, whatever choices we make God can use for good.

Anyway, I hope this is helpful. It has been for me. I’ve been guilty too many times of NOT making decisions for fear of making wrong ones or wondering if it’s God’s will. With this checklist, some of that mystery is gone and I can at least check myself in the 6 areas to either know what I need to work on or gain confidence that I can move forward with the choices before me.

For your advantage,

Brian

How about you? Do you ever get stuck in indecision or “analysis paralysis”? What are your thoughts about this checklist? Please share your thoughts and comments.

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