Many of you may recall the classic secular film The Wizard of Oz. (It’s older than all of us). One of its themes focuses on a tin man, a scarecrow, and a cowardly lion who seek character traits that, in their minds, they do not possess but which would add success to their life journey. They sought the advice and help of the “Great Oz.”
Many of us identify different pursuits and then try to find ways to achieve victory. Sometimes we make decisions based on our personal, mindful instincts. Other times we may consult more worldly advice, books, other successful persons, family, friends and team members, horoscopes, fortune tellers, or other tangible sources that we may be convinced can offer help in making decisions.
Far too often we make life-changing decisions without seeking any Godly direction—marriage, relationships, children, politics, career, business, finances.
Although we all want to make the right decisions (choices), sometimes in panic and fear we seek advice from the wrong source(s).
Solomon, son of David and King of Israel, realized that governing the people of Israel at his youthful age was a daunting task. He asked God for wisdom and knowledge to govern the people. (2 Chronicles 1:10) Not only did the Lord God grant him wisdom as no other king ever had, but he granted him insight, understanding, and unimaginable wealth.
God’s human creations are generally self-conscious and self-centered. Our decisions sometimes resemble a runaway train that is gone off the track with us desperately trying to reverse the throttle to get it to go in the right direction. Whoever simply trusts in his or her own thoughts and instincts, is bound to go wrong. Wisdom to make the right decisions in all things about true life and godliness, needs God’s explicit grace to cultivate and season us in our decisions.
“A man’s steps are decided by the Lord.” (Proverbs 20:24)
Making decisions can be exceedingly difficult, even given a spiritual attitude. Continual attention must be given to listening for and seeking wisdom from the Spirit of God concerning every aspect of life.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
When it comes to making life decisions, don’t depend upon your own intellect or the advice of someone else to accurately hit the bullseye. Surrender your thoughts to the Spirit of the Lord. Let God’s wisdom be in charge!