We all make hundreds upon hundreds of decisions each and every day. From “small” decisions such as what we will eat for breakfast to what we will watch on television to “big” decisions that have longer lasting impact, things like who we will marry or where we will work. (We can argue that what we eat for breakfast and watch on television do have lasting effects, but that is a whole different discussion.)
These decisions often times can seem overwhelming, even the ones that should be easy and simple. Have you recently walked down the cereal aisle in the grocery store? Gone are the days of choosing between just a few brands of cereal. In many grocery stores, an entire aisle is dedicated to just cereal and breakfast foods. No longer can you simply just buy a box of corn flakes. Now you have to decide whether you want plain corn flakes or ones with blueberries or strawberries, honey, almonds, or chocolate. Maybe you want them frosted. After you decide your favorite flavor, then you need to choose between brand-name or store-brand. And you are not done quite yet; do you want organic or maybe gluten-free? You get the picture, choices are sometimes good but often times they simply add to our stress.
You have also probably laid awake at night fretting over a big decision. Should I accept that job offer? Which course of treatment should I choose to take care of my knee pain? How do I begin a conversation with my spouse about that nagging (persistent) issue in our marriage? Or maybe you are trying to decide whether the person you are currently dating is the one with whom you want to spend the rest of your life with.
When we face a crossroads and we are trying to decide which one to choose, the Bible gives us some guidance. First, the Scripture tells us that God’s Word brings illumination to life and life’s decisions. We read this is Psalm 119:103-105 – “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” (And no, we do not think God is giving us insight into which cereal to buy!)
And we also know that Scripture tells us that God promises us wisdom if we ask for it. In James 1:5 we read this – “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” But we are not simply to ask, we are to ask with faith, believing that God hears our request and trusting in His response. Continuing on in James, in verse 6, we find this – “But when you ask, you mist believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like the wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
Our choices determine not only our present but also our future. We can only see life through our limited perspective, but God sees the whole picture. When you are standing at a crossroads, before you take any of the roads available, first seek God’s wisdom and direction. He promises you His wisdom – “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” (Proverbs 2:6)