Have you ever taken the time to really think about the power of decisions? Our lives are made up thousands and thousands of decisions. Most of our decisions are minor and have little impact on our overall life; such as choosing what to eat for dinner or what t.v. show to watch. But the bigger decisions can have a much deeper impact for even years to come. And it is these decisions that we need to closely monitor. For example deciding to take on a new job that we thought would be terrific but instead turned out to be a nightmare or speaking public words without thinking it through. Now it is true that none of us knows the future and unless we are psychic we are going to make some mistakes that is part of being human but there is another truth that should not be overlooked. What is that truth you say? Well, we need to ask God for guidance in our decision making and learn to trust him daily. You see he knows the future both good and bad and although none of us can live a life without some hardship or struggle God in his wisdom and power will make sure that we are safe and blessed through it all. The Bible says he can work all things for good (Roman 8:28)
The Bible says in Psalms 1 “blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly or stands in the way of sinners instead his delight is in the law of Lord and in the law he meditates both day and night”. It goes on to talk about how he shall be like a “tree planted by the rivers of water” and how he shall be successful in all that he does. Friends if you were a tree you would love being planted next to a river. You would get all the nourishment that you need, life would be great but undoubtedly there would also be some storms or fires. Well Jesus is our river and if we learn to trust in the Bible which is God’s word we will become successful and have lasting peace within our souls. It doesn't mean that we will never have problems or persecution; instead it simply means that we will know in our hearts that we have trusted the Lord through it all. This knowingness brings a peace that goes beyond all comprehension!
It is also essential to understand that most of us have some regrets whether big or small. And this applies to Christians and non Christians alike but if God has forgiven us we also should forgive ourselves. If we choose to punish ourselves for the rest of our lives we are being cruel and rejecting God’s forgiveness. While it is true that we can feel sad now and then about some decisions we also need to learn to move on and live each day in peace with ourselves and with God. God loves you so much, let him help you with your decisions. He leads us into paths of righteousness for his name’s sake (Psalms 23). God bless.
By Gordon E. Dawe