In America, we love decisive leaders. We think true decisive leaders are those who can make quick decisions. But quickness is not a matter that’s important. It’s easier to make a fast decision than a good decision. It takes nothing at all to make a quick decision. It takes a lot of wisdom to be able to make a right decision.
The Bible has a lot to say about decision making. James 1.7-8 (TEV), “A person unable to make up his mind and undecided in all that he does, must not think he will receive anything from the Lord.” What an interesting thought.
The Bible says that double mindedness is disastrous; indecision keeps you from God's best. It says don't let that person think he's going to receive anything from the Lord.
If I can’t make up my mind about what’s really important in life then I am limiting GOD and courting disaster, I will miss GOD’s best for my life and I will never grow in character. Our decisions determine our destiny. Our choices determine our character – whether it’s developed or destroyed.
GOD gave Moses the dream of leading the children of Israel out of 400 years of slavery. But Moses had to make the decision to confront Pharaoh. GOD gave Noah the dream of saving the world from rain. Noah had to make the decision to build the arc. GOD gave Abraham the dream of building a brand-new nation. Abraham had to make the decision to leave everything he had, all of his comfort, all of his security, and go out into the unknown. You will never face the true dream of GOD in your life until you come past this stage of decision making.
The Bible is full of examples of the effect of wise decisions. For the next few days here on Bill’s front porch I want to illustrate the importance of decision making because we tend to make decisions very frivolously. And then I want to give you a Biblical, simple, workable plan on how to make Biblical decisions. Whether it’s career, marriage, finances, health, children, future, there are principles in GOD’s word on how to make wise decisions.
Just a thought from the front porch…