October 16 CONFIDENT DECISION MAKING

SCRIPTURE READING:
Psalm 31
KEY VERSE:
Psalm 31:15

My times are in Your hand;
Deliver me from the hand of my enemies,
And from those who persecute me.

Watching a football player lie motionless on the turf after a vicious hit is sobering. Almost universally feared, but usually unspoken, is the possibility of an injury that results in paralysis. Often these fears are relieved when the player is escorted off the field.
Far more damaging and much more prevalent is another kind of paralysis that sets in when we are faced with a decision. Multitudes are frozen in fear and confusion in the decision–making process. It is a form of bondage that God certainly does not desire.
You can be confident in any form of decision making because your trust is ultimately in the Lord Jesus Christ. You are responsible to gather facts, analyze them, and weigh alternatives. People hold you responsible for results also.
Having done your part, you can rest because the Lord is in control. You do not know the future; He does. Your times and decisions are in His hands as you trust in His guidance (Ps. 31:15). Even when the consequences of your decision are not what you envisioned, you still know that God works all things together for good to those who love Him (Rom. 8:28).

Lord, please guide my decisions as I build my life on You. Eliminate fear and confusion. Give me the mind of Christ as I gather facts, analyze them, weigh alternatives, set my goals, and accomplish them by faith.

Stanley, C. F. (1998). Enter His gates: a daily devotional. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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