Making Decisions

Whenever I am cooking and my older sisters or my mother is in the kitchen with me, I always default to them for advice.

Numbers 17:1-13

Reference: v.8 The next day Moses entered the tent and saw that Aaron’s staff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds. (TNIV Bible)

Explore: I am quite a capable cook; I prepare the meals for my family nearly every night.  Sure, my meals are not incredibly elaborate and my daughter would complain that they’re a little repetitive, but I’m certainly capable of finding my way around a kitchen.  However, whenever I am cooking and my older sisters or my mother is in the kitchen with me, I always default to them for advice.  How long should the potatoes boil for? How high should I put the oven on? At what point should I add the vegetables?  Now, my family brought me up with the ability to make these decisions for myself, but when they are around I always seem to rely on them instead.

Application: There are times when I realize that I rely too heavily on God too.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I think we should completely depend on His love and grace to save us.  However, when it comes to making decisions there are times when I want to hear from God instead of using the wisdom and knowledge He has already given me.  It’s great to be mindful of God in everything we do, but there are times when I would prefer if God would tell me exactly what to do every minute of every day.  And even worse, I get frustrated at God when I feel that He doesn’t answer my prayers.  Maybe He’s saying, “Use your brain to work it out yourself!”  If there is a big, life-changing decision to be made then you can be sure that God will communicate to you –not just communicate, but show you really clearly.  Look at how clearly He communicated to Moses in Numbers 17.  He said the staff would bud, but it actually budded, blossomed and began to bear fruit.  If God wants to tell us something He can be very clear.  If you are feeling that God isn’t giving you an answer, maybe He’s waiting for you to make the first move.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for caring about every part of my life.  Help me to use the wisdom and knowledge that you have given me to make Godly decisions.  Amen.

What decision are you needing to make right now?  Bring it to God and discern what you think He would have you do.

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

1 comment:

Cameron BaileyApril 11, 2011 at 11:20 AMReply

Reminds me of my favorite saying, “Don’t spend your life trying to make right decisions rather spend your life making decisions and making them right.”