Sometimes we make hasty decisions that end up being bad decisions. Then, in desperation, we make more hasty decisions, hoping to claw our way out of the regrets that follow. Purchases, dating, career choices … do any of these sound familiar?
The thing is, we know better. By now, we’ve heard (even learned through experience) how important it is to pray before making decisions. So why do we continue in our stupid – excuse me, I meant to say “imprudent” – ways? Why do we feel compelled to act now and, if necessary, pray later?
Especially since whenever we feel like we “must decide now” to avoid a catastrophe, we find that our impending catastrophe is usually not as imminent as our impatient self wants to believe. The opportunity we jumped at often turns out not to be part of God’s plan for us.
Perhaps we don’t allow ourselves time to consider our choices because we’re impatient for a resolution. And that quest for an immediate resolution is more important to us than discovering what God has to say about it. Or maybe we believe He doesn’t care or won’t respond.
What would happen if we made our choices as if we believed God was God? And that He does care? Perhaps then it would be easier for us to practice Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV):
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
How many regrets would we prevent by acknowledging God in all our decisions? Whether we’re seeking guidance on important life matters, the way we choose to spend our day or even our food choices, wouldn’t we benefit from trusting God with all of it?
Since God knows everything there is to know about us (He’s the One Who made us, after all), He has the best perspective on what’s good for us. He’s aware of our circumstances and knows each person who is affected by our choices. God – all-powerful, wise, amazing God – has a plan for us (for you!). He knows how to get us to the place where He wants us.
A place with less frustration, less regret … and less haste.
What about you?
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- How are your hasty decisions working for you?
- How many of them do you now regret?
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