Yesterday’s post was all about making decisions, and I shared how I used to think achieving God’s will for my life meant making the perfect decision, every time. And that train of thinking causes a whole heap of stress that nobody wants. But more importantly, it causes a wrong view of God. When we start to think of Him like a God who plays guessing games, we aren’t resting in His goodness and sovereignty.
To help you in your own decision-making, I recommended a book called Just Do Something by Kevin DeYoung. This book has helped me big time. Mainly because I’m a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad decision-maker. My entire family would enthusiastically vouch for me. I get worked up, stressed out, worried, emotional, and I usually throw in some despair for good measure. I’m one decision-making mess. (All that worry and faithlessness is sin, by the way.)
How to Just Do Something
Just Do Something has simplified decision-making for me, not because it’s a fool-proof guide for how to make the perfect decision, but because it directs readers back to what we actually need: wisdom from God’s Word.
I love this quote. DeYoung says,
“Wisdom is about more than getting a decisive word about one or two big decisions in life. The way of wisdom is a way of life. And when it’s a way of life, you are freer than you realize.”
Wow, I’d love to be free from the strangling stress of having to make the perfect decision! He goes on to say,
“If you are drinking deeply of godliness in the Word and from others and in your prayer life, then you’ll probably make God-honoring decisions. In fact, if you are a person of prayer, full of regular good counsel from others, and steeped in the truth of the Word, you should be able to make many important decisions instinctively, and some of them even quickly.”
Does that set you free, or what? Does that take some of the pressure off?
To make God-honoring decisions (not perfect decisions), we don’t need a sign or messenger or an instinctive, spiritual “feeling.” We need wisdom. And the source of all wisdom? Throughout the pages of His Book.
Cultivating Wisdom to Make God-Honoring Decisions
So what does cultivating wisdom look like? Here’s a snapshot:
- A personal, thriving study of God’s Word. (2 Tim. 3:16-17, Prov. 1:7; 4:6-7)
- Intentional, consistent prayer. (James 1:5)
- Godly counsel from Christian mentors, pastors, and family. (Prov. 12:15; 15:22; 19:20)
It looks like an easy 3-step program, but it really is a way of life that requires lots of intentionality and grace from our Father. If you desire to cultivate wisdom, open up your heart to Him, and ask Him to give you exactly what you need. And He will. Because He’s good and faithful like that.
And, it’s not Freebie Friday without a giveaway! If you want to cultivate a wise heart, log in to the giveaway widget, and leave a comment answering these two questions:
- What decision(s) are you seeking God’s wisdom for?
- What steps will you take to get intentional about cultivating wisdom in your own life?
We’ll pick two of you to win copies of Just Do Something. And I’ll leave you with this quote, because it’s a really good one:
“Our attitude toward wisdom should be one of earnest longing.” Let’s start growing in wisdom, and let’s start making godly decisions!