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Introduction: Life decisions will be made by everyone. Good or sound decision-making is necessary for living life productively and efficiently. All of us are confronted with various decisions to make on a daily basis. Some are small and of minor consequence while others are huge and potentially life-changing. Some are simple and obvious choices while others are more difficult and painstaking. Human insights are never enough; we need God's wisdom for decisions because God's ways are incomprehensible yet trustworthy.
I. DECISIONS DEFINED CONCEPTUALLY AND SCRIPTURALLY
A. LIFE DECISIONS
1. Our English word decision originally meant "to resolve difficulties with one quick stroke". It now means to make up one's mind and act upon it.
a. An old Scottish woman travelled across the countryside selling thread, buttons, and shoestrings. When she came to an unmarked crossroad, she would toss a stick into the air and go in the direction the stick pointed when it landed. One day she was seen tossing the stick repeatedly. "Why do you toss the stick more than once?" someone asked. "Because," replied the woman, "it keeps pointing to the left, and I want to take the road on the right."
b. Before they got married, a couple decided that he'd make all the major decisions and she the minor ones. After 20 years of marriage, he was asked how this had worked. "Great! In all these years I've never had to make a major decision."
2. Good, sound decision-making is necessary for living life productively and efficiently. Human natural understanding is never enough; we must acquire God-wisdom and perspective.
B. DECISIONS SCRIPTURALLY
1. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. (The Message)
2. Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Nev ...
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