Why does good decision making have to be so hard? Why does dumb have to look so attractive, and wisdom seem like it’s hiding?

Recently reading through Proverbs I noticed a verse that kept showing back up.

Proverbs 14:12
“There is a path before each person that seems right, but in the end it ends in death”

That’s scary! Does that mean we can feel like we’re making a good decision when were actually making the wrong decision? Of course, we can! I remember feeling great leaving the car lot the time I signed up for an 18% interest car loan. It “felt” right at the moment, but that’s the problem with feelings. What “seems” right and what is best for you are usually two very different things.

So how can we be sure we are making the right decision? Well, first of all we can never be 100% sure, but that doesn’t mean we should live in fear, or be paralyzed out of making a decision. The Bible tells us as long as we desire God’s plan for our life He won’t let us miss it.

Psalms 37:23-24
The lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the lord holds them by the hand.

We can trust in God to make sure the path we take, and the decisions we make are the right ones. The next time you have to make a hard life decision, ask yourself these 3 questions to help you make a good, godly choice:

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1. Does the Bible agree with my decision?

This is a no brainer. As Christians, God has given us his word to get closer to Him and live a fulfilling life. Even though there are times when the Bible doesn’t give us definitive answers for life’s scenarios, most of the time we can find the specific answers we need. It’s tempting to try and twist scriptures or interpret them in a way to satisfy our “wants,” but God gave us His word not to restrict us, but to set us up to live the most fulfilling life possible. Submit to God’s instruction even when your heart doesn’t want to agree.

2. What do my wise friends think I should do?

Notice I said wise friends. No offense to your brother in law or your girlfriend but I’m particular about who I ask for Godly advice. I go to couples with strong marriages for relationship advice. I go to people with stable finances for financial advice. We all know the friends we can go to for agreement with what we want, but what do your wise friends think? The Bible says the more wise advisors we have the more successful we will be (Proverbs 15:22). Also, for what it’s worth, as a general rule of thumb I don’t ask unhappy people for advice.

3. Am I willing to wait for it?

If you have to have it now, you probably shouldn’t do it. Almost of all the monumentally stupid decisions I’ve made have been made too quickly. Cars, gadgets, even hard conversations when my heart wasn’t right. The biggest lie our heart tells us is “I need ________ now.” Almost always, if we can outlast the urgency of the temptation, we can survive the potential land mines that could blow up our lives.

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