This blog post will talk about making decisions based on worldly considerations or on the Will of God. This week I have been thinking of a decision, should I be working full time, in which I can earn more for a possible rainy day, have more money for health coverage and retirement, or part-time, in which I can spend more time to study the Bible and know more about God?
Before making a decision, most people use the world-based method, that is to consider all the advantages and disadvantages of this decision: Will the decision make me happier or richer? Can it offer me more joy and more returns for me? This is a self-decision, a decision-making process which focuses on the things I will get for a “yes” decision. In other words, decisions are made based on the system of the world, and we make decisions to try to adapt ourself and try to squeeze every advantage to ourselves in the real world. However, on a logical and humanly point of view, even after balancing all the advantages or disadvantages, such a decision may not be the best for us. For example, who would have guessed that there would be a market crash during the housing bubble in 2008? Even I had considered all the criteria and there pointed to a “go” to buy a house at that time, was it the best plan for me? Financially, it would be a disaster, and your family relationship will be hit also. So we use all our worldly considerations to adjust ourself to the world, but we find that we cannot be smarter than the world, but rather, we lose sight on what is “the best plan” for us.
We have to know that only God, can provide us with the best plan scenario for our big and difficult decision. Only He knows the best plan for us, only he can give us direction in order to walk the best path, and only He is kind enough to be willing to share it with us. So it is important for us to make a decision based on our understanding of God’s will and not on our petty evaluations of this decision. And how and what are we supposed to do to seek His will on a particular decision? Read the following verse from Luke 6:12-13
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles.”
Form this verse, we can see that Jesus spent a lot of time praying before he chose his twelve disciples to learn and witness with him. We cannot be sure how God communicated to him on how to choose the 12 apostles, but one thing for sure is that He had revealed His will and His views on who would best serve Jesus and Him. Therefore, we can see that even Jesus, who was so wise, also needed to pray to find out and confirm what God wanted him to do. Knowing what God wanted us to do is thus knowing of His best plan for us. But sometimes, we may not be 100% approved of His will, to be our best decision. We just have to trust Him. Please take a look at another beautiful verse from Proverbs 3:5
“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.”
What this verse says is that when you pray to Him on making a decision, trust in Him that He will give you guidance on answers from your prayers, with your heart, and not to lean on your own understanding of the bits and pieces of the world. What this says is that when you seek His will, He will show you your path, which might be different from the path of the world. And trust that God loves you, His will is His best plan for you, in the real world. Just remember to follow Jesus’s teaching and his Ten Commandments, then you will realize and walk His best plan for yourself. Take a look at the following verse in Matthew 7:7-8
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
It explains that if you are sincere in asking God, through prayers, earnestly seek his guidance, and wholeheartedly knock on His door, He will answer you, He will give you guidance and He will tell you His Will. I think this is the foremost and most important way of making a decision.
To conclude, we are not anymore making decisions for ourselves, after knowing the Bible, but are actually making decisions based on God’s decision on ourselves. We are no longer thinking of the advantages or disadvantages that are implied in our decision, in which in my case is it advantageous to me such that I should spend more time working? But it is more about if He thinks this is the best plan for myself, and on the other hand, if He “needs” me to earn the extra dime so that I can preach the Gospel for Him full time in the future. Similarly, I may be thinking of spending more time to know the Gospel better so I should work part-time, but ultimately, it is His wisdom that tells us the best solution for a particular solution. If it’s God will, it’s the best. And it is because He loves us, and we are all a loving puzzle in His big picture, and so He tells us how to put our puzzle at the right place, at the right time, and in the right way, so that we can lead a happy life for Him, and His church on earth.