20Nov

Biblical Decision Making

Earlier this week I wrote about my favorite word in the Old Testament, steadfast.

But the steadfast love of God is a really church-y thing to like about the Bible.

I have made a concerted effort this year to read and learn more about decision making. I’ve purchased books I would not normally read, followed blogs I am not naturally interested in, and thought about leadership in ways I had not done previously.

But the most valuable lesson I’ve learned about decision making did not come from a business book or a leadership blog, although those things have been of some help to me.

Instead, the best key I’ve discovered for great decision making comes from the pages of Scripture:

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9

The right decision is almost never what will bring immediate satisfaction.

Notice when the results (harvest) comes, “at the proper time.” It does not always come when I want or desire.

I’ve had many chances over the last few months to remind some good people of this great verse. They’ve all been in a hard spot, doing the right thing but not seeing good results.

  • Some of them are healing from a broken relationship.
  • Some of them are trying to get businesses off the ground.
  • Some of them are trying to help someone who does not seem to want to be helped.

All of them are living out this biblical key to decision making. All of them realize that what will bring them immediate satisfaction is not best.

  • The one whose relationship has been broken knows it is not best to immediately jump into another one, even though that is what would bring immediate satisfaction, but not lasting satisfaction.
  • The one who is trying to get a business off the ground knows it is not best to bypass integrity to get ahead, even though that is what would bring immediate satisfaction, but not lasting satisfaction.
  • The one who is trying to help someone who does not want to be helped knows it is not best to give up on a friend in need, even though that is what would bring immediate satisfaction, but not lasting satisfaction.

Immediate gratification is often the enemy of successful decision making.

I do not know what decisions you have to make today, but I can tell you that this one key is probably true for you.

The right decision is almost never what will bring immediate satisfaction.

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