High-Risk Decisions

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Acts 27:22 “And when Felix heard these things, having more perfect knowledge of that way, he deferred them, and said, When Lysias the chief captain shall come down, I will know the uttermost of your matter.”

When making decisions, you should want to take most of the risks out when making them. There is risk in every decision you make, but some decisions are a higher risk than others. If you could take the risk out of decisions, you would be able to avoid making bad decisions. Every bad decision was a high-risk decision that you made. You could have avoided the bad decision had you realized the risk that you were taking when making that decision. Now, you will never be able to take the risk out of any decision, but you can take out the high-risk decisions that are daring life not to treat you in the same manner that those high-risk decisions have caused to others. Let me point out four high-risk decisions to be careful about making.

The first high-risk decision is deferred decisions that could be made immediately. In the verse above, Felix deferred his decision when he should have made the decision to let Paul go. Felix knew that Paul was innocent, but he deferred it because he hoped that he could make that decision later when people calmed down. Deferring decisions that should be made immediately will never make your situation better. Avoiding the inevitable because it is an uncomfortable decision only makes the inevitable worse. You will never make a situation better by burying your head in the sand. When faced with the uncomfortable, don't defer it hoping it will get better, but face it head-on so that your life can move on.

The second high-risk decision is fearful decisions. In verse 25, Felix “trembled” about a decision because of what others would think of him if he made the decision. You cannot let fear make decisions and expect to reap the benefits that faith-filled decisions would bring. Fear-based decisions almost always result in bad decisions. Every decision is laced with an element of fear, but you must remove your fears and look at the decision through the spectacles of faith and right to make the right decision.

The third high-risk decision is popular decisions. Acts 25:9 says about Festus, “But Festus, willing to do the Jews a pleasure, answered Paul, and said, Wilt thou go up to Jerusalem, and there be judged of these things before me?” Festus didn't want to make a decision because it wasn’t popular with the crowd. If you make decisions based on how everyone will accept it, you will make many bad decisions in your life. Right decisions are often not popular decisions, but they are still right. Only time will vindicate an unpopular but right decision; be willing to wait on time’s vindication and make the right decision.

The fourth high-risk decision is careless decisions. Acts 18:17 says about Gallio, “…And Gallio cared for none of those things.” You should care about your decisions because your decisions are affecting lives. Every decision you make not only affects you, but it affects your family, those whose lives you affect, and future generations that will have to live with the ramifications of your decisions. Careless decisions are selfish, and nothing good ever comes out of carelessness.

My friend, watch out for high-risk decisions. High-risk decisions are difficult to make, but making the right decision based on faith and right will never be regretted.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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