The decision-making tune

I love Jeopardy, America’s Favorite Quiz Show, as it is coined. I particularly like the thinking music, the tune while the contestants write their answers down at the end. Some of you who are fans of the show will know what I am talking about. I call it, “The decision-making tune.”

In life, we are faced with major decisions and often we do not know what we should do. Proverbs 3:5 reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. 

There is great comfort in these words; but, this scripture is not meant to be crippling. It is not meant for you or I to sit back and let God do all the work. There are times when God needs us to move a mountain, and He gives us a shovel and a wheelbarrow. Some of us may need a few calluses on our hands.

Proverbs 3:13-14 tells us, “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, 14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.”

So what is the answer when making a decision in life? How do we balance allowing God to direct our path and gaining understanding to make a wise choice? The answer is found in 1 Corinthians 2:15, “The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for, ‘Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ.”

Paul is telling us, when we are in line with Christ; when we walk in accordance with His plan and His purpose, our minds are like His. We have understanding because of our oneness with God. When God is in the driver’s seat, decision-making is much easier because He will give us understanding. Stay in the word. Pray daily. Obey His laws. Live according to His purpose.

And the answer is… You’ll find the major decisions of your life are made simpler because you seek your wisdom and understanding from Him.


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