Devotional

“So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. 7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” – 1 Peter 5:6-7.

According to some recent research, the average person makes thousands of “remotely” conscious decisions per day. These decisions can be as trivial as deciding between fruit loops or cheerios for breakfast, or they can be major decisions on who to marry, where you will live, and what you will do for a career. Because these and other decisions we face can affect us for the rest of our lives, how can we possibly hammer through these and be assured that we are making the best possible decisions? Is there a checklist, or a formula that will help us make the best choices, the best decisions?

It would be nice to have a formula that would enable us to make decisions. Give me some instructions, three steps, some type of blueprint. But while we want a roadmap, prescription or procedure, God wants a relationship.  Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that the secret is a relationship with God: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” When you think about it, it really is amazing that God, the creator of the universe, would desire a relationship with us. But He does. We want a formula, something we can follow step by step, but the real answer to making decisions can be found in a relationship with God. 

God not only has the answer, He is the answer. Proverbs 2:6 and 9 states, “For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.…Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.”

Believe that God will guide you. Faith is an important component to accepting God’s wisdom. You must recognize the fact that God wants to communicate with you. Proverbs 4:18 says, “The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.” God’s direction in your decision will become clearer and more distinct as you continue to pray and ask for His help.

We want to reduce our relationship with God to a formula. Give me three steps so I will know what to do. God says, “Know me. Spend time with me. Put Me first in every area of your life because when you do that I will take care of all those details.” It’s all about the relationship we have with God.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why is a relationship with God so important? How does that relationship help in the decision making process?
  2. What can we do this week to improve our relationship with God?