It has been said that we make around 35,000 decisions a day. That might seem lofty at first, but try to count your decisions as you make them and you’ll realize it’s probably true.
Some of your daily decisions are simple. Do I want another cup of coffee? (Yes.) Do I want to listen to music on the way to work or sit in the quiet? Do I want to return yesterday’s missed phone calls in the morning or the afternoon? However, some decisions are really hard. Am I loving my family well? Should I change careers? Do I need to have that hard conversation with a friend?
I think God cares about our decisions. The small, seemingly insignificant ones as well as those that could shift the course of our lives and the lives of those around us. If you and I are people who are following Jesus, I think we will notice that as we grow to know Him better. He changes the way we think about our decisions.
"Do not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect" (Romans 12:2).
One of the greatest challenges in making decisions lies in determining what is good for us and what is best for us. As you make decisions for yourself or on behalf of other people, you may find that all of the options have lots of positives and very few downsides. I always like to ask the question, "What is God’s best in this situation?"
As I look back over my life and consider the decisions that I’ve needed to make, both big and small, I can see the ways that God has used His voice, the wisdom of others as well as the mind and heart that He has given me to help me discern what is best. It’s not always easy, it doesn’t always come quickly, but I love and serve a God who has never failed me yet.
So next time you are faced with a decision with a lot of positive outcomes, consider all of the ways that God speaks to you – through His Spirit, through others who follow Him and through your own life and experience – and ask the question, “What is God’s best?” Our Father wants us to know His plan for our lives. We need only listen for His voice.
Jordan Lloyd is Worship Pastor at TrueNorth Church in North Augusta, South Carolina. He can be reached at truenorthchurch.com