“O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.” Ps 25:4 NLT
Simple decisions can be stressful. Have you ever watch a child struggle to choose between chocolate or strawberry ice cream? Or what about whom to marry, which career to choose, or whether to buy a house. Decisions can be nerve-racking!
Reduce your stress level by following these biblical principles:
1. Do the research. “Anyone who answers without listening is foolish and confused” (Proverbs 18:13 NCV). It is important to get all the facts and avoid making decisions you’ll regret. Knowledge has never been more accessible; through the Internet, helpful books, and especially God’s Word: “Your commands…are my constant guide” (Ps 119:98 NLT).
2. Talk to God. “Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.” Consulting God helps prevent premature decisions, clarifies your priorities and prepares you to hear His counsel. God is interested in your decisions. It says in His Word, “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” (Ps 37:23 NLT).
3. Be open to new ideas. Don’t get trapped in old mind-sets. “Wise men and women are always learning, always listening for fresh insights” (Pr 18:15 TM). Clinging to the familiar can be crippling. God may choose to lead you along a new path of fresh insight. So breathe deeply, seek His wisdom, and open up your heart to receive it.
4. Get advice from trusted friends. “It’s a hard road that’s walked alone,” says an old Celtic proverb. So follow Solomon’s counsel: “A fool thinks he needs no advice, but a wise man listens to others” (Pr 12:15 TLB).