Other decisions carry more weight like whether or not my husband should quit his job.
We all face hard decisions, and the right choice isn’t always easily apparent.
When my husband and I were praying through leaving his job, there were five questions we continued to ask over and over again.
Today I want to share the 5 questions we like to ask when making decisions because I know we’re not the only ones faced with tough decisions every now and then.
5 Questions to Ask When Making Decisions
1. What does the Bible say about it?
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” ~Romans 15:4
The Bible is our compass for all life decisions. It exists for our instruction in righteousness.
When making decisions, it’s important that we consider what the Bible has to say on your issue.
2. Have I prayed about it?
Going hand-in-hand with what the Bible says about our decision is prayer.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” ~James 1:5-6
Taking our decisions to God in prayer is not a mere lip service. We go to God expecting Him to give wisdom because His word says that He will.
As we humbly take our requests to His throne, we can tune our hearts to hear His will.
3. Does it line up with my God-given mission?
If you have taken the time to create a mission statement for your life, then you already have a good idea of what God is calling you to do.
If you have been around here for a while, you have heard me say many times, our mission statements are our litmus tests for all of our decisions.
Additionally, answering this question will help you consider what you will need to say no to, in order to say yes to this decision.
4. Will this hinder my witness for the Lord or jeopardize my integrity?
Even if we haven’t written them down, each of us instinctively knows what we value and what we say is important to us. So we should ensure our decisions align with the things we say and believe are important to us.
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” ~Proverbs 10:9
As believers, we have something even more important than our reputation, and that is the witness of the gospel. Our integrity is compromised when we find that our words, actions, and values do not align.
So ask yourself if you are compromising your integrity to gain something other than the glorification of God’s holy name.
And remember, when we walk in integrity, we are walking in faith that God is in control and that doing the right thing for Him will pay off more than any shortcut we can take on our own.
5. Do I need to seek counsel?
Some decisions are difficult to come to conclusion on even with the most sincere questions and heart seeking.
When we are conflicted in our decision, or our motives may be skewed, scripture tells us that there is much wisdom in seeking counsel.
“Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” ~Proverbs 15:22
We must not skip the first steps of seeking God and His word first, but sometimes it is necessary to lay our decisions out before other Godly peers for evaluation and guidance so we may not be fooled by our own desires.