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It’s a new year again. So, are you striding into 2021 with new plans and new goals? Or are you still in that tricky space of weighing up options – trying to make good decisions in the midst of uncertain times? Is this the right career for me? Should I marry this person? Is it time for us to have a child? Life is full of critical, important, weighty decisions.

Why Is Making Decisions So Taxing?

It is estimated we make about 25,500 decisions a year. Most decisions are probably pretty inconsequential. But even for the bigger, more important ones, the options in front of you for the most part are probably all moral, legal and allowable. So why is it so difficult? Why is it so emotionally taxing a lot of the time?

All those decisions affect the rest of your life. You can’t just go back and push the reset button

It’s for the simple reason that those decisions affect the rest of your life – do they not? In ways that you can’t just automatically come back to and push the reset button on.

Looking For Input

So, whether you are a Christian or not, we all realise that we need guidance. We all feel the need of something outside of ourselves – some kind of input, that helps us navigate well. And we all look for it in different ways.

We realise that we need God’s guidance. But that in itself can be a frustrating process.

For the Christian, we look to God. We realise that we need God’s guidance. But that in itself can be a frustrating process. Because it’s not always apparent to us how God is guiding us. How does he guide? What is he saying? And often that answer feels like it’s not coming anytime soon.

How To Make Wise Decisions

The book of Proverbs has as it’s central subject this idea of wisdom. Wisdom is essentially depicted as living life from God’s perspective: seeing what is wise, seeing what is not wise, according to God. And wisdom then is basically the ability to make wise decisions – right choices – in that context of knowing what the good decision is. Based on who God is and who we are in relation to God.

So the question for us is how do we make good choices? How do we get God’s wisdom? How do we get God’s guidance as Christians?

The Bible doesn’t really give us step by step instructions. It doesn’t really give us a little list that when you follow all four steps that at the end you get God’s guidance delivered to you in the package the format, that you were hoping or requested that you might receive it in.

Wisdom is essentially depicted as living life from God’s perspective.

What it does give us is clear principles to live by which will inform all your decisions.

Key Principles To Live By

In this sermon Trevor unpacks the following three principles from Proverbs 16:1-4: 1) You need a healthy trust in the sovereignty of God. 2) You need a healthy distrust of your own heart. 3) You need to actively commit your works to the Lord.

Text: Proverbs 16:1-4

Date preached: 12 January 2020

Location: Hope City Presbyterian Church, Cape Town, South Africa

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