THE DECISION MAKING TREE


Saturday, 26th September 2020

Psalm 37:23 – The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him.

Wise decisions are hard to make.
Most often decisions first start with us asking a question: What is best for me? This is the lowest level of decision making. So, unfortunately, this is really where our world lives. People usually only care about themselves.

The next question we usually ask is, What is right or wrong ? Many people see God as a great umpire in the sky and all He cares about is what is right. Well, that is true, but He also cares about your heart. He loves you; He does not want you to do what is right as a robot. He wants you to do what is right because you love Him and you want to obey Him. So it is not just about what is right or what is best for me.

The next question is, What is wise? Something may be legal and not wise. For instance, gay marriage is legal in some parts of the world but is a very unwise way to live.

The 3 questions seen above are good but the ultimate place for decision-making, the highest place, is What glorifies God? Therefore, to make decisions, it is not just “What is best for me?” nor “What is right or wrong?” It is also “What is wise and what glorifies God?”

Well, here’s the secret: if you and I ask first, “What glorifies God?” Then we’ll get all these other things in the right place because what glorifies God is going to be what is wise. What glorifies God is going to be right, He is the King of righteousness. And what glorifies God is going to obviously be the best for you. It might not be what you want, but it will be the best for you because He has come to give us life and give it abundantly.

So, the most immature place to make a decision is, “What is best for me?” We should start asking “What glorifies God?” Because in that way we will be seeking first His kingdom and righteousness and all the other things – what is wise, what is right, and what is the best – will be added unto us (Mathew 6:33).

Have a splendid weekend.

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