“And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them.”
There will be many times in your life when you won’t know what decision to make. These are very critical times in life because one wrong decision can turn your life around for the worse. You must always remember that every decision you make affects at least three generations. Every decision you make affects you, your children, and your grandchildren. Not only does a decision affect your personal family, but it also affects everyone with whom you influence. Not knowing what decision to make is something that should not be taken lightly.
In the verse above, the children of Israel had a situation happen that they didn’t know what they should do. A young man, whose father was an Egyptian and whose mother was an Israelitish woman, fought with a man of Israel. During the struggle, this young man cursed the LORD and many people heard it. They didn’t know what to do with this man as the LORD’s name was commanded to be held in reverence. They put this young man in ward and went to Moses to find the mind of the LORD with this decision. There are several things we can learn from this situation that will teach you what to do when you don’t know what decision to make.
First, you need to have a heart that wants to make the right decision. These people desperately wanted to do the right thing, and that is why they were careful in their decision. You always have a better chance of making right decisions when you have a heart that doesn’t want to displease the LORD.
Second, be slow and deliberate with your decisions. Being quick to make decisions often leads to messy and complex life situations that must be cleaned up. Just because you need to make a decision doesn’t mean you have to make it immediately. Being slow and deliberate in your decision-making will do more to keep you from making a bad decision than anything else that you can do. When you don’t know what decision to make, it is best to put the decision on hold until you know the LORD’s mind in the situation.
Third, ask godly people what to do with your decision. These people went to Moses to find out what they should do with this young man. God has placed godly people in your life to help you with your decisions, but they cannot help you if you don’t want help, and if you don’t go to them for help. Don’t waste the opportunities to go to your preacher or other godly people who can help you with decisions with which you don’t know what to do.
Fourth, search the Scriptures to find out what you should do with your decision. One of the greatest reasons you must be slow and deliberate in your decision-making is so that you have time to search the Scriptures to find out what you should do. Somewhere in the Scriptures there are principles or commands that will help you with every decision you must make. If you spend time studying the Scriptures, you will find what you need to do with every decision.
Fifth, spend time in prayer about your unknown decisions. The best way to find the mind of the LORD concerning your decision is to spend time with Him in prayer so that He can lead you to the answer. Taking time to pray about decisions shows the LORD you want to do the right thing. God will guide you in every decision if you will ask Him.