Each one of us have choices to make on a daily basis. Some choices have greater long term effects than others. What brand of soft drink I’m going to buy probably has less impact on my life than whether I should buy one at all!!
Where will I live? Where will I work? Whom shall I marry?
These type of decisions have a lot of impact upon life.
How do you make these type of life altering decisions? What criteria do you use to decide what to do?
In Genesis, chapter 3, we read about the interaction between Eve and the devil who was disguised as a serpent. If you read this conversation carefully, you can discern certain factors used by Eve to make the very important choice as to whether she would obey God or not. Times may have changed but the factors used by Eve are the same factors we often use to make very important choices in life today.
Let’s take a look at these factors. See if you use any of them to make your choices.
“What does it look like?” After satan began his temptation, Eve looked at the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and made the following evaluation: “It looks good!” One way of making choices involves the use of reason. Many people make a list of “pros and cons” when faced with a life altering decision. If we rely upon this method, we are relying upon our own ability to “figure things out” when making decisions about life and the future.
“What does it taste like?” Another factor used in Eve’s decision making process revolved around her evaluation that the fruit would be good. How many times do we make important decisions like who we are going to marry by our senses. “I really enjoy a physical relationship with this person!” Or, “It just feels right.” This method involves the use of emotions and experiences to make choices.
“Will it promote me?” When making her choice about the fruit of the tree, Eve also factored in that the fruit would make her wise. Self promotion was a factor in her decision. How often do we consider the following factors in choices? “This will give me a big promotion!” Or, “This will give me more money!” How about, “This will make me more well known!” Using this factor makes the decision center around self.
“Will it put me in control?” Satan’s knockout blow in his temptation boiled down to this: “For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God.” Most of us don’t like to be “out of control”. We secretly desire situations in which we can control our own destiny. Even people who are Christians often speak of living by faith but desire situations in which they don’t have to! “I want to be rich so I don’t have to live by faith!” Or, “I want to be in control of decisions so I’m not at the mercy of life!” Have you ever felt that way?
People all over the world still use these factors in making their choices. While evaluating a situation is not necessarily a bad thing, many mistakes can be made depending upon these methods simply because you and I cannot see the future. We don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. A choice that looks good today can turn out to be disastrous tomorrow!
Another problem with these methods of decision making is that they center around self satisfaction and the illusion of control.
Since when do most people know what is going to make them happy?
Our decisions are so controlled by unhealed hurts and the deceptions of past experiences that we often end up making the choice that brings us safety but at the same time – the decision brings us unhappiness. We are seeking something that our defense systems will not allow for us!
And, remember: control is simply an illusion! We have absolute control over only two things in life – where you will spend eternity and the quality of life you will have while you are here. The second has nothing to do with circumstances. It is dependent upon your choice as to where you will spend eternity and from where you will draw your worth as a person.
Just like Eve, we are faced with choices with long term consequences. If we use the conventional way of making decisions, we are destined to make grave mistakes.
If we base our decisions and choices in this life upon the truth of the Word of God and the unchanging love of Jesus Christ, we will avoid the catastrophic outcomes that stem from making bad decisions.
Life contains enough struggle without adding the pain of “shooting ourselves in the foot” by making selfish, uninformed choices.
“For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed.” Malachi 3:6
Only God knows the future and because He does not change like shifting shadows, we can depend upon His guidance to be without confusion. Since God is love, we can depend upon His guidance to be in the best interest of us all.
You will avoid much trouble if you make decisions based upon His Word. Stop playing “amateur” God! You don’t have the foresight and knowledge to make informed, healthy decisions. Even your own views as to what will make you “happy” can be tainted!
Make the choice to rely upon the unfailing Word of God and the all knowing Holy Spirit!
The choice is up to you!!!
- How To Determine God’s Will (joequatronejr.wordpress.com)