Author: Dawn K. Smith
Written July 3, 2004

Making Choices

Proverbs 3:7
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.

Decisions, we make good and bad choices throughout our lifetime, more wrong than right it seems. Bad choices come when we try to make decisions without seeking the Lord first. We believe we’re smart enough (there goes pride), and don’t include God in the decision making of certain problems we face. Kind of like the lost man who doesn’t ask for directions.
We are told in God’s word to trust in the LORD with all thine heart. (Proverbs 3:5) We’re not to lean on our own understanding; we're to acknowledge God in everything we do. (v.6) This will keep us from the sin of pride, simply because of our reliance on Him. Through the work of the Holy Spirit and God’s word, He will guide and direct our decision-making. Proverbs 2:6 says: for the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. Now here comes the hard part…how well do you know God’s word?
We learn right from wrong in the Bible. In situations that we’re not sure of, our conscience will bear witness to whether or not we’re making the right choice. Did you ever have an “I’m not sure?” or an “uneasy feeling”? Usually that’s because of a wrong decision getting ready to be made. We are told to depart from evil (Proverbs 3:7), but some have fallen pray to it, making very bad choices, causing heartache and hardship in their lives and others.
We are told in God’s word to trust in the LORD with all thine heart. (Proverbs

An easy rule to follow as a guide to making choices:

1. Don’t be wise in your own eyes.
2. Trust the LORD in everything.
3. Depart from evil.

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