Analyze the situation. Weigh the pros and cons. Ask advice from your family, friends and co-workers. Think about it first thing in the morning. Imagine all the outcomes during the day. Think about it again right before you go to bed. Finally, make a choice. Wait a minute. Change your mind (after all, what if you’re wrong?). Start over. Analyze the situation…
Indecision is a major source of anxiety. Just making a decision (right or wrong) can bring peace. At least a bad choice helps you know what not to do next time. But, trying to figure out every possible outcome before you decide is crippling. Yes, you’re smart. Yes, you can examine previous track records. Sure, you can even do projections. But can you control the unknown? No, none of us can. That’s why we worry.
This simple confession brings me peace: “I don’t know what the future holds. But I know someone who does.” We would be wise to ask the Expert—God.
James 1:5-8 (New Living Translation)
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.”
God sees your beginning and your end. He knows the desires of your heart. He knows the path that will lead to you to His perfect will for your life. He wants to help you and He cannot lie. Need to make a decision?
- Schedule a prayer appointment with God, first. (Read Proverbs 8:12-18)
- Come prepared to take notes. (Review them during times of doubt.)
- Expect to receive wisdom (this often comes as a peace about which choice is best) and instructions. (Read Philippians 4:6-7)
- Act on God’s instructions with confidence (Read James 1:22)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” (New International Version)
Today’s Life Key: Stop analyzing and start praying.