Costly Decisions


1 Samuel 9:2 “And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.”

Israel made a costly decision that seemed to be a good thing but was not the right thing. Yes, God allowed the decision and still worked through Israel, but God’s ultimate plan was for Israel to be a theocracy. They wanted a king, and they chose him because of appearance. It is interesting that the Scriptures did not say that Saul was a more spiritual person than anyone in Israel, but that “there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he.” Their decision was based on appearance, which cost them many lives in the future.

When you make decisions by appearance, you’ll always choose wrong, and it will always be a costly decision. It doesn’t make something right just because everything appears to be falling into place; it is right because it agrees with God’s will. Many have based decisions on the fact that “everything seems to be falling into place,” which is nothing short of basing decisions on perceptions and feelings. You will always make wrong and costly decisions when your decisions are based on perceptions and feelings. You then ask, how are we to know if my decisions are right? Let me share several guides about making right decisions.

First, have you prayed about it? When I say pray, have you surrendered your will in prayer to accept what God wants you to do? Any decision that is made without prayer is likely going to cost you dearly in the future.

Second, have you sought God’s Word for what you want to do? Your decisions should never contradict God’s Word. No decision is a right decision if it disagrees with God’s Word. God is not going to tell you to do something that contradicts His Word.

Third, does the decision take faith? Any decision that is not a faith decision is not the right decision. One of the reasons that basing a decision on a “fleece” is wrong is because it is not a faith decision. It does not mean that you have made the right decision just because your “fleece” comes to pass. My friend, there is no faith in a fleece. Every decision should take faith because you cannot please God without faith.

Fourth, will it cause you to do more for God? If your decision is a faith decision, it will always cause you to do more for God. Any decision that causes you to be less involved for God is a wrong decision. God never moves you backward, but He always moves you forward to do more for Him. Every right decision causes you to do right, which will move you to act on faith, which by perception may not seem to be right, but because it is faith and directionally causing you to do more makes the decision right.

Fifth, have you sought the counsel of God’s man? I did not say have you informed God’s man, but have you asked his counsel. If it is a right decision, why are you avoiding your preacher? Right decisions are always supported through the counseling of God’s man.

Sixth, how will your decision affect God? You should never make a decision by how it affects you, but by what it will do for God, His glory, and His cause. The right decision won’t always benefit you in the immediate, but it will always bring glory to God and help to further His cause.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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