Do you wish you knew exactly what to do when making a big life decision? The path we choose to take can be life-changing and this why we must be careful and wise. Here are 5 biblical teachings that will help you make big life decisions with confidence! They will make the process easier and more peaceful.Big decisions can make us stressed, anxious, and fearful. The thought of making the wrong choice is a little terrifying, to say the least.
Some mistakes will take us on a very long road of suffering, lessons, growth, and recovery. It’s not easy! And this is exactly why we’re so afraid.
We’re afraid to get hurt, to lose what we have, or to hurt someone else, or to lose them. We’re afraid to suffer, to be stretched, to have a long road of recovery ahead of us. But there are no obstacles we can’t overcome if we just cling to God.
When it comes to our financial life, my husband and I have made numerous wrong decisions. We made BIG mistakes, got into debt, and invested in a business that didn’t work out. It took us several years to recover from that crisis.
It was bad. But God was always there to guide us and teach us what we needed to learn.
If only we had lived out these biblical teachings, though, and applied them to each of our decisions… I truly believe we would have made wiser judgments that would have led us onto a more successful path.
You see, when we rely only on ourselves we fail to see the bigger picture. But God is so amazing, that He provides us with wonderful instruction in the Bible on how to live our lives in a variety of different topics.
If only we take the time to seek his will, his truth, and his instruction, our decision-making process will become a lot simpler. And it will be easier to be confident in what we’re choosing because we’re not relying only on our wisdom.
Let’s take a look at what we can do (according to the Bible) to make better life decisions.
5 biblical teachings that will help you make big life decisions
Who should we rely on before anything else to help us choose which path to take?
#1. Go to God first
The first thing we should do is seek God and his will because He never fails. He’s our creator and He’s the one who gives us wisdom.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:5,6
I love this verse of the Bible. It couldn’t get any clearer than that. We should not depend on our own understanding because, without God, we know nothing. It all comes from him.God knows better than we do and if we just seek him, He will show us which path to take.Click To Tweet
The Bible also says that if you just ask God for wisdom, He will give it to you.
If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. James 1:5
#2. Look for red flags
Sometimes, the red flags can be clear in the choices available to us. If we just take a moment to think about them and ask ourselves a few questions, we’ll know which paths we should not take.
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself to help unveil those red flags:
- Is this choice aligned with the word of God?
- Does this choice glorify God or does it glorify me?
- Does this choice seem sketchy or evil, in any way?
- Does it feel wrong?
These are just a few of the questions you could ask yourself, but honestly, I don’t think you would need to go any further than these.
Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil. Proverbs 4:26,27
The Holy Spirit, who is within you, will also help you see whether a choice is good or it feels wrong. Sometimes, however, it can be really hard to see those red flags or to identify the good or bad nature of a choice.
And that’s where I’m going with the next actionable step…
#3. Seek advice
For many years, when I started living on my own, I refused to listen to my mother’s advice. Can I just tell you that every single one of the financial mistakes we made, she advised us against?
Had we listened to her wise advice, we would now own a house and potentially have several thousand dollars in our savings account.
When you seek advice, though, look for the people in your life who are in a place similar to where you want to be in that same topic you’re seeking advice for.
For example, my mom, even though a single mom for the majority of her life, managed to save money and to be a wonderful steward of what God entrusted her with. She would have been the perfect person for us to ask advice from.
Now, a person who is drowning in debt and has managed to spend everything they had, like we did in the earlier years of our marriage, would not be the right person for you to go ask for advice.
[At this point, though, we have managed to pay off 100% of our debt and are now saving to buy our house. This means, that now, we could be wonderful mentors in your financial life because we have learned from big mistakes and know exactly what to do to find financial freedom.??]
Here’s what the Bible says about seeking advice:
Pride leads to conflict; those who take advice are wise. Proverbs 13:10
People who despise advice are asking for trouble; those who respect a command will succeed. The instruction of the wise is like a life-giving fountain; those who accept it avoid the snares of death. Proverbs 13:13,14
I do not want trouble. I want to succeed, avoid the snares of death, and drink from this life-giving fountain. I’ve learned that advice is one of the most valuable things we can ask of someone.
#4. Listen to criticism
A lot of times, we prefer to ignore criticism, even when it’s well-intentioned and constructive. That’s exactly what I did, ignoring my mom’s criticism of my poor financial choices early in my adult life.
She was 100% well-intentioned and had positive, constructive criticism to give me. It was hard to listen because according to her, everything I was doing was wrong. And it was!!! I just couldn’t see it.
Here’s what the Bible has to say about that:
If you ignore criticism, you will end in poverty and disgrace; if you accept correction, you will be honored. Proverbs 13:18
Ignoring my mom’s criticism in that occurrence literally made me materially poor. But it could’ve been other kinds of poverty too, like spiritual or mental, for instance.
Luckily, it was just money. We can work hard and make it again. What if I had made a poor choice that would compromise my core values and beliefs?
Accepting correction will bring us honor. Think about that next time.
#5. Think, pray, and analyze
Taking all the steps above is a lot, and after doing all of them, you have a lot of thinking, praying, and analyzing to do.
The Bible says to listen to criticism, but it doesn’t say all criticism is valid. The Bible says to seek advice, but not everyone will have the perfect advice to give you.
Think about what you heard from God, about the advice you received, about criticism to your plans if there were any, and about the red flags you could spot. Analyze each thing carefully, pray about them, and then, come to a conclusion.
Wise people think before they act; fools don’t—and even brag about their foolishness. Proverbs 13:16
Only simpletons believe everything they’re told! The prudent carefully consider their steps. Proverbs 14:15
Start making big life decisions with confidence
I believe these 5 Bible teachings can help you a lot when it comes to making big life decisions. Allow yourself to consult your closest and wisest friends and family members. Seek the Lord with your whole heart.
It’s okay to need help and it’s ok to seek it. We weren’t made to do life alone!
Would you share with us below in the comment section your best advice for making big life decisions? What do you do? Who do you ask for help? How do you come to a conclusion?