Hasty decisions without thoughtfulness mostly result in errors, disappointments and regrets. For instance, God’s plan to establish Saul’s kingdom was aborted by Saul’s lack of patience and hastiness to disregard God’s instructions. When prophet Samuel was late in arriving to offer the burnt sacrifice, Saul took a hasty decision to usurp the prophet’s role and offered sacrifice. Saul did this because he felt he was in a tight situation.
As believers, we must always look to Jesus for guidance instead of being hasty in taking critical decisions.
Here are three things we can do when faced with critical decisions:
Hold on to your faith.
“God promised Abraham a lot of descendants. And when it all seemed hopeless, Abraham still had faith in God and became the ancestor of many nations.” – Romans 4:18 (CEV)
People often choose to take the path with the least price to pay, no sacrifice required and no resistance when in a difficult situation. Abraham agreed to Sarah’s idea to take Hagar, thinking it would fulfill God’s promise but it wasn’t the case. To protect ourselves from making hasty decisions, we must focus on God’s promises and hold on to our faith.
2. Enquire of the Lord.
“And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.” – 1 Samuel 30:8
David in his moment of despair went to the Lord to enquire about his next line of action and God gave him assurance of victory. As believers, when we face trials or tough choices, we must turn to the Lord in prayer and He will guide us. We also have God’s servants(our man of God) in our lives God will use incase we need help with making the right choices.
3. Let the peace of God guide you.
Colossians 3:15 (CJB) says, “and let the shalom which comes from the Messiah be your heart’s decision-maker, for this is why you were called to be part of a single Body.”
Life is not always a bed of roses for believers; there are challenges that require swift decision-making with consequences for our faith, relationship or career. In such instances, we must not rely on our sentiments, pressure and the fear of “what would so and so say or think about me?” rather, we must rely on the word and the peace that Christ gives. This peace helps us make decisions in line with God’s will for our lives.
Son’s of God, don’t be hasty in making decisions, enquire of the Lord for guidance, reach out to His prophets for wisdom, hold on firmly to your faith and allow the peace of God to guide you.
Heavenly Father, I resist every influence to make hasty decisions in life, in relationships, business or career. I put my trust in You to direct my path, in Jesus the name of Jesus.
1 Samuel 13:9-14