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.
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.
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 Word of God is an incredible gift! It can be our compass for many life decisions. When making decisions, it’s important that we consider what the Bible has to say on the issue.
In reality, often the Bible won’t say anything about your specific issue (e.g. quitting a job), but there are many things about the Word that show us God’s character, OUR character, and the possible effects of our decisions.
It shines a light on WHO our God is and how He leads us in our big decisions.
A good place to start would be searching the scriptures yourself and ask God to show you His faithfulness in leading His people.
Note: Look at Proverbs 16:9, Proverbs 3:5-8, Psalm 23 to begin with. You could also check out our free Bible Reading Plan on Trust coming this September, or simply enter your email address below and get access to all our free Topical Bible Reading Plans!
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. (And if you haven’t yet, grab your FREE Guide to Developing Your Own Personal Mission Statement here).
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 prioritize your decisions. Knowing your general purpose will help you know what you will need to say no to, in order to say yes to this decision.
Note: I go more in depth with this in my Made to Give Life Seasonal Goal Planner. Learn about how you can live seasonally and be intentional, rely on Grace, and be the woman of God you were created to be.
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.
In addition, I believe there is GRACE for us if our hearts are softened to Lord. We also cannot walk in fear when trying to make a decision. And the good news is even if you have compromised your integrity in the past, of if you do it again, there is repentance and grace at the feet of Jesus.
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 or mentors for evaluation and guidance so we may not be fooled by our own desires.
These people should be those that have walked closely with you. They know your heart, your values, and even your weaknesses. They should also be able to speak the truth in love.
I am thankful that when we are faced with a big decision, that we have a Father who is gently leading us. And ultimately He is in control and can make good with any of our decisions, big or small.
What about you? What questions do you ask when making decisions?
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