The commotion around the November midterm elections is finally over. And while there are a few races whose outcomes have yet-to-be-determined, most of the hullabaloo is mercifully finished. In the wake of the ballot counting, there are plenty of people who are elated, lots who are not, and still others who are wondering if they made the right decision in the voting booth. While it’s easy to angst over what’s ahead, believers in Jesus can rest and be certain that this new page of our country’s history was written long ago by the hand of a loving God Who knows and controls all things and Who has ordained the leaders of our nation to accomplish His purposes… whatever they may be. But as we move past this election cycle, Christians who firmly believe in divine sovereignty still find themselves struggling to making right and God-honoring decisions.
So think about it… When you have a difficult choice to make, how do you know what to do?
Do you just make your best judgment?
Ask for advice?
Trust the experts?
Act and just deal with the consequences later?
While there is certainly a place for critical thinking and wise counsel, Proverbs cautions us against impulsiveness and makes it clear that human judgment is not sufficient to stay firmly on God’s path. Chapter 14, verse 12 warns us that “There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end, it leads to death.” Only three verses later, Solomon alerts us to other pitfalls in rash decision making. “The simple believe anything, but the prudent give thought to their steps. The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure. (Prov. 14:15-16)
God warns believers against relying on what “appears to be right” while neglecting His revealed truth. That’s because no person in this world has the full picture of what’s really taking place at any given moment nor can anyone fully fathom the ramifications of their actions. Apart from the wisdom of God’s Word and the discernment of the Holy Spirit, even the most informed and highest educated person cannot figure out what’s truly the best course to pursue. And far too late, many of us find ourselves woefully tangled in the trap of relying on ourselves. Using our own judgment alone, it may be very possible to be completely convinced of the rightness of our actions, but still end up far away from where we actually want to be … and dangerously off the path of godliness and spiritual maturity.
So, if you are faced with a decision today and are considering your options, don’t trust yourself. Submit your plans to God in prayer. Search the scriptures for principles of wisdom, and wait patiently for the Lord to reveal the right way to go. (Ps. 27:14; Ps. 32:8)