Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Decision Making in the Midst of Uncertainty

Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared...
1 John 3:2

My last post dealt with the Graciousness of Uncertainty in ones life. Basically as followers of Jesus, we need to be certain in God, which means we will be uncertain in all our ways, not knowing for sure what tomorrow will bring. That does not mean that we do not plan or never make decisions but it means that we ultimately place our certainty in God in the midst of the uncertainty of what He may decide to do with us next in life.

I mentioned in my last post that there have been times in my life that I felt unnecessary pressure from others to make a hasty decision or one that they desired but that maybe God did not desire. In our technology filled world you will find that often times everyone wants to give you their advice even when not asking for it. When it comes to big decisions, I agree with Mark Driscoll who says, "Life, ministry, and major decisions have to be bathed and birthed in prayer."

In my limited wisdom I have also learned that it is not wise to make a major decision during a time of highs or lows. Many times when it is what others want they will encourage you to make a major decision during a high time because it is when everything appears to be going right. A high time is like a newly married couple on their honeymoon when they think that life will be like that forever. It is unwise to make a major decision during this time because if it was based off of that high time it will likely result in some form of failure when the high time leaves.

At the same time it is not wise to make a major decision during a low time. During a low time you will likely make the opposite decision that you would make during the high time based off of circumstances alone. A low time is a hard time and not a wise time to make a major decision.

In our decision making as leaders we want to make wise decisions. In James 1:5 it tells us: "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him."

We need to humble ourselves before God, cry out to him in prayer for wisdom, and then we can proceed forth boldly. A major decision is already difficult to make and if we make it on our own without seeking God and we feel like we are going to disappoint those around us, we will make the decision with lingering uncertainty. That is why it is better to bathe the decision in prayer, being certain that it is what God is calling you to. Then you can make the decision boldly even to those who may disagree or be disappointed at the outcome because you are trusting God and obeying his call on your life and not man's.

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