How to Make a Difficult Decision (Part 5): It’s Personal

This is the final part of a 5-part series on decision-making.

Part 1 – Principle #1: Trust

Part 2 – Principle #2: Obedience

Part 3 – Principle #3: God’s Will

Part 4 – Practical actions to take

My life has been a never-ending lesson in living out the truths in the previous posts.

  • I’ve pastored four churches, three of which I planted.
  • I’ve resigned from all four of those churches.
  • I’ve moved my family seven times in the last 20 years and am preparing for an eighth time.
  • I’ve started a business.
  • Adopted three children.
  • Exhausted our savings multiple times.
  • Gone into debt even more times.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Your list may likely be even longer.

The point is that at each and every one of those events lied a difficult decision where there was a lack of clarity, uncertainty, and confusion. I had to choose whether I was going to trust God or not.

Rarely has that decision to trust and follow God ended up how I thought it would. I would have written the script differently. I would have cast different characters. I still don’t understand. I maybe never will this side of heaven. And that’s okay because we aren’t called to understand. We’re called to obey.

The decision to wholeheartedly seek God’s will and obey is the best decision we can ever make.

Now let’s make it personal.

Take out a piece of paper (not your phone or computer) and write these two things down and keep them somewhere you will be reminded often.

God-to-me: “[Name], trust in Me wholeheartedly. Do not depend on your own limited understanding. Seek My will in all that you do and I will show you which path to take.”

Me-to-God: “I will put my wholehearted trust in You. I will not depend on my own understanding, because I can’t possibly understand what You are up to and why. So, instead I will seek Your will in all that I do, and trust You to show me which direction to go.”

Make these two paragraphs your daily reminders to put your unwavering, undivided wholehearted trust in God; to obey even if you don’t understand; and seek His will in all that you do.

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. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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