“This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy:”
Three stories in the Scriptures are excellent teachers on what not to do when making a decision. The first story is found in the verse above when Joshua and Israel made a league with the Gibeonites because they saw that their bread was moldy, the bottles of wine were broken, and their clothing and shoes looked old. Their decision to make a league with these people was based on sight and reasoning instead of on principle and prayer.
The second story is when Isaac blessed Jacob. Isaac told Esau to make him some venison so he could bless him. Rebekah heard Isaac tell Esau that he wanted to bless him, so she worked it out so that Jacob would get the blessing instead of Esau. When you read the story, you find that Isaac made his decision to bless Jacob based on smell, feel and sound instead of on principle and prayer.
The third story was when Saul waited on Samuel to make the sacrifice before they went to war. Saul became impatient with the tardy prophet and made a decision to intrude into the priestly duties which he had no business doing, which resulted in his family losing the throne. Saul’s decision was based on fear instead of on faith.
All of these faulty decisions were made because these men relied on sight, feeling, emotions and fear, which all lead to faulty decision-making. Many believers have made bad decisions because they based their decisions on feelings instead of on the facts of principle, prayer and faith. You cannot expect to make good decisions when principle, prayer and faith have been replaced with feelings, emotions and fear. Every bad decision can be traced back to an individual making that decision based on fleshly senses instead of on scriptural principle.
If you are going to avoid making faulty decisions, you must base your decisions on three things. First, you must base your decisions on scriptural principle. Scriptural principle is always right to follow even when your fleshly senses scream that that principle is wrong. It is easy to let your feelings and emotions take over in your decisions because they are based on what you see in the moment. The problem with making decisions based on feelings and emotions is that these sensory decisions never take the future into consideration. Scriptural principles always look at the future of a decision instead of at the immediate impact of a decision.
Second, you must base your decisions on prayer. No decision should ever be made without you first taking time to ask God for His mind. A simple prayer to ask God for wisdom will save you from making many faulty decisions. God will help you to make those decisions of the moment if you will whisper a prayer to ask for wisdom. The believer who trusts God enough to ask for His wisdom will never be disappointed if they will wait for His wisdom in prayer.
Third, you must base your decisions on faith. Decisions based on fear always lead to a decision of retreat; whereas decisions based on faith always lead to a forward march. If you want God to bless your decisions, you would be wise never to listen to fear and always follow the forward motion of faith because faith will never lead you wrong.