Have you ever wondered how many choices we make in a day? It has been suggested that thousands of decisions are made, ranging from simple to complex. We decide what to wear and eat, where to drive and what lane to be in, how to communicate (by text, email, phone call, face to face), what to read or watch on media.
Things that were simple have become complex. For instance, coffee used to have two choices–regular or decaf; now there are increasing menu options specialty coffee shops that make ordering a simple cup of coffee an involved thinking process, where you almost need a degree in coffee beans to figure out what you want.
On top the myriad of daily life choices, there are life changing decisions of where to live, what career to pursue, who to marry, and how to invest and spend money.
Too many choices can lead to decision fatigue. The year we moved to a different state held more decisions than ever. I felt overwhelmed with all the decisions we had made by August, and still had four months left of decisions before the end of the year. Yikes! Too many decisions wears you down.
Our free will leads us often in determining what we choose, but Scripture urges us to choose carefully. When we are overwhelmed with decision fatigue we can rest in knowing that the Lord is with us and will guide us as we seek HIm.
The primary filter for our choices is in this found in Joshua 24:15:
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 NIV
When we seek God, we will gain His perspective. This is a great starting place for choosing God’s ways, but we complete the process by choosing what is right and choosing wise friends through the filter of scripture.
Choose what is right and good.
Survey the situation and consider the angles for the best outcome as possible. I’ve found it helpful to make a list of positives and negatives to weigh what is right. Writing them out helps clarify my thinking.
“Let us discern for ourselves what is right; let us learn together what is good.” Job 34:4
Choose friends wisely.
It’s good to consult with others when making a major decision. Their responses can be valuable in presenting new aspects of the decision. When we faced the possibility of relocation, we asked several close friends to join us in prayer. We were grateful for their input and thoughts.
“The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.” Proverbs 12:26 NLT
Choose God’s ways.
When many options sound good and right, pray and read the Word for guidance. Consider the choice that best aligns with the Word of God.
“So you shall observe to do just as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right or to the left.” Deuteronomy 5:32 NIV
The primary filter for decision making for the Christian is the Word of God. We gain the assurance from faith that God will lead us.
Oh, we still will fret or worry because that’s what we do, but we can rest in the knowledge of God’s sovereignty and care for us.
Choices are many. When we are overwhelmed we can find refuge in Him. His grace will lead us in decision making process.