As a Pastor I have been asked many times how to seek the direction of God in our lives? “How do I find out what God wants me to do,” they ask. When it comes to seeking the wisdom of God there are two passages that come to mind.
“My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
It is a significant fact that both of these passages offer a promise of finding wisdom when you ask for it. Don’t move past that idea too quickly. If you seek wisdom God promises to give it to you.
Here are the 6 Steps to Making Better Decisions :
1. Do you believe that God wants to show you? If you say “no” to this, then, none of the other questions matter. God has given us Himself in the form of His Spirit. There are things that He wants us to know that we have yet to find out. These things would help us fulfill what we were created to do. If you are seeking it diligently then you will find it. The answer is already there but you just need to look in the right place.
2. How hard are you looking? Are you seeking it like silver and gold? Are you preparing your heart and ears to hear it? To find the answer to a problem we need to have our thinking changed from the way it was when the problem was created. In other words we have to know more than we did when the problem was created.
3. Are you seeking wisdom from others? Who do you know that would have some wisdom regarding the problem that you are currently facing? Could a parent, friend, coworker or someone else help you make this decision. This question helps you seek the wisdom of another person. We all have limits to what we know. Don’t try to ask someone who is always negative and critical. They will only discourage you from doing anything that is not 100% safe.
4. Are you seeking wisdom from God? Do you read the Bible and search for answers there? How about good books or blogs relating to the topic you are asking about? Exposing yourself to Godly wisdom through scripture or good writers will help you see what you could not have seen apart from them.
5. Are you trying to do something that is not helpful to you or your spiritual life? Don’t even try to do things or seek wisdom on doing things that are not what God wants for you. You don’t need wisdom on how to lie and get away with it. You don’t need wisdom on how to deceive your spouse and not get caught. Seek the things that God would want for you.
6. Ask yourself, “What advice would I give someone facing the same thing that I am? This question alone can help you see the solution to your problem. Les Brown says, “It is difficult to see the picture when you are in the frame.” To ask the question in a way that removes you from the problem can help solve your problem.
He is speaking but it is up to us to seek it and listen for the answer.