Do you want your coffee with cream and sugar, or do you want it black? Do you wear the white shirt or the blue shirt? Should you eat the pizza for lunch or the salad? Every day we are faced with choices. Some choices don’t seem so difficult, while other choices can have a huge impact on you for the rest of your life. Making the “big” decisions can be overwhelming and difficult, but if you follow a few basic guidelines, you may be surprised by the results.
When confronting the choices we have in life, God should always be brought into the equation. We should always turn to God in prayer, ask Him for help and guidance, and most importantly, ask Him for the patience to carry you through whatever you’re going through.
I’m reminded of Jesus on the night he was betrayed in the garden. Jesus knew that his death was just a few short hours away. He knew that pain and torture were waiting for Him. Jesus had a decision to make. He could have called upon the angels in heaven to come down and save Him from the impending torture of crucifixion, or He could go along with the plan that was put in place from the very beginning. The choice was His, but notice that He didn’t make this decision alone. “Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray.’” (Matt 26:36).
His prayer was simple: “‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will.’” (Matt 26:39).
I wonder how many of us have the same trust in God that Jesus had in the garden? Do you trust that God’s way is what’s best for your life? Next time you are faced with one of life’s big decisions, put the decision in God’s hands. Ask God which way He wants you to go. With patience and trust in the Lord, we can begin to make decisions that will not only benefit our lives, but further the work of God’s kingdom.