Have you ever made a decision and then questioned if it was the right one?
Maybe you have a big decision to make but you’re not sure how people will receive it. Or you maybe have to make a decision knowing half the people around you won’t agree with it regardless of what you decide.
When faced with big decisions, it is natural to doubts.
In the Book of Matthew, we find Jesus being questioned for His decisions: “Why is it that when John came to you, neither feasting nor drinking wine, you said, ‘He has a demon in him!’? Yet when the Son of Man came and went to feasts and drank wine, you said, ‘Look at this Man! He is nothing but a glutton and a drunkard! He spends all his time with tax collectors and other affluent sinners.’ But God’s wisdom will be visibly seen living in those who embrace it” (Matthew 11:18-19, TPT).
Jesus was perfect! He lived a perfect life and was still accused and persecuted. And although persecution isn’t fun, Jesus expected it. He said, “Just remember, when the unbelieving world hates you, they first hated me. If you were to give your allegiance to the world, they would love and welcome you as one of their own. But because you won’t align yourself with the values of this world, they will hate you. I have chosen you and taken you out of the world to be mine. So remember what I taught you, that a servant isn’t superior to his master. And since they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. And if they obey my teachings, they will also obey yours. They will treat you this way because you are mine, and they don’t know the One who sent me. If I had not come and revealed myself to the unbelieving world, they would not feel the guilt of their sin, but now their sin is left uncovered. If anyone hates me, they hate my Father also. If I had not performed miracles in their presence like no one else has done, they would not feel the guilt of their sins. But now, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. And all of this has happened to fulfill what is written in their Scriptures: They hated me for no reason” (John 15:18-25, TPT).
In light of this, we must make all our decisions based on His word and truth– not the opinion of others.
If we let pressure sway our decisions we will be viewed like Rehoboam who let his friends pressure him into making a decision that was unhealthy (1 Kings 12:1-14). He was more concerned with pleasing men rather than following godly wisdom. Sadly, he wasn’t the only king who fell in this trap. King Saul did the same thing (1 Samuel 15)!
These are just two examples of many didn’t pass the test of godly wisdom.
But let’s look at one more example: In Daniel , Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were faced with a difficult decision to save their own lives or to obey their convictions about God. This may sound easy but when faced with the threat of death, you may find yourself tempted to lie and deny–anything to try and get out from under the threat (and pressure). I pray we would learn from their example, submitting ourselves to God’s will and His protection.
None of us are exempt from difficult decisions but we have a Helper.
It will always be in our best interest to submit to the voice of the Holy Spirit. He will always lead us right through the trial to the other side where we’re guaranteed to find God’s best, because we followed God’s voice.
Pastor Ro loves Jesus and loves to think in pictures and stories.