Deciding in Difficult Decisions

Deuteronomy 17:8
“If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose;”

Everybody comes to a point in their life when they don’t know what to do. It is like a child in an ice cream shop having to choose between flavors; it seems as if it is too hard to choose. In those indecisive times when you don’t know what to do, God gives the answer in His Word. The verse above gives several principles of how to make a decision with difficult decisions. Let me share these principles with you.

First, realize your inability to know what to do. The worst thing you can do when faced with difficult decisions is to forge forward in your ignorance. Many people have gone forward to prove that they know what to do only to find themselves in a quagmire. Just because you don’t know what to do doesn’t make you inferior to others. You are human, and humans are not omniscient. Don’t let your inability to decide cause you to have to prove to others how “smart” you are. The smartest people are smart enough to know that they don’t know everything, and they are smart enough to let others help them.

Second, don’t go into turtle mode. The worst thing you can do is run and hide from decisions that need to be made. God said in the verse above, “…then shalt thou arise…” Running from hard decisions never makes a situation better; rather, facing the hardness of the situation by getting help always make those indecisive times much less difficult.

Third, go to the LORD. The verse above says, “…get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose;” The LORD always has the answers for you, and most of the time you will find the answers in the Scriptures. Let me challenge you that when you don’t know what to do, go prayerfully to the Scriptures to find the answers.

Fourth, get help from spiritual leaders. Verse 9 says, “And thou shalt come unto the priests…” God gave you spiritual leaders to help you. Your spiritual leaders cannot help you if you don’t go to them. I’m not saying that your spiritual leaders have the answers for all of your problems, but you will find that they can guide you through difficult decisions if you will ask them for help. Don’t let pride get in the way of getting help from spiritual leaders when you lack the wisdom to make a decision.

Fifth, let the past decide for you. Verse 11 talks about the priests making decisions by the law. The law was the history of what they did in the past. Many times your past decisions can help you to make decisions in the present. My friend, don’t ignore the past to prove the point that the present generation is so much smarter. God gives you the past so that it can be your teacher to guide you in present-day decisions. The pride of many have caused them to forge forward into hurtful decisions when the past could have helped them avoid making a foolish decision. Let the past be a guide to help you with those difficult decisions you need to make today.

Sixth, don’t undo in doubt your decision of faith. God warned in verse 11, “…thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee…” Don’t be hesitant to move forward in the decisions of faith. These principles will help you if you choose to follow them in difficult decisions.

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