Psalms 1 v 1

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
    Nor stands in the path of sinners,
    Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

In summary, Psalms 1 Verse 1 tells us that in order to become truly blessed, we will:

  • not do what the godless say
  • not go where sinners are
  • not scorn what God teaches

teachings


In this piece, we examine what the Bible offers in terms of the many principles to aid the process of making decisions that honour God and allow us to become blessed as stated in Psalms 1 v 1 above. The following list is not exhaustive, but it does represent many teachings of Scripture.


1: Begin with prayer. 

First Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” If we should pray in all situations, we should certainly pray in times of decision-making. As we pray, we ask for wisdom (James 1:5).

2: Define the issue.

Wise decisions are informed decisions. It is important to understand what options are available. Once the factors are known, options can be further considered and evaluated. 

3: Seek biblical wisdom.

Some decisions become easy, if there is one clear choice in line with God’s Word. Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” When we follow the teachings of God’s Word, He guides our path and provides knowledge to make wise choices.

4: Seek godly counsel. 

Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” Sometimes, consulting with a friend or family member is enough. At other times, consulting with a pastor or other trusted voice can make the difference between a harmful decision and a helpful one.

5: Trust the Lord with your decision.

In other words, if you’ve make your decision with prayer, sound wisdom, and biblical counsel, trust God for the outcome. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” 

6: Be willing to admit mistakes and adjust accordingly.

In most cases, there is no wisdom in continuing down a wrong path after you have discovered it is wrong. Be willing to admit mistakes or failures and ask God for the grace to change.

7: Give praise to God for your success.

When your decisions result in personal success, the temptation is to believe it is due to your own power, talent, or genius. However, it is God who blesses our efforts and gives strength. “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven” (John 3:27).

 

This article is courtesy of GotQuestions.org: http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-decision-making.html