As Christians, we believe this world is temporary and Christ’s return is imminent. Our life choices, then, become that much more important—we want to live lives of meaning, yet know there’s so much more to come. It can be difficult to balance the here and now with what’s next, but the good news is God has already given us the tools we need to make a wise decision.
Here are three ways I’ve learned to focus on what really matters when the act of making decisions threatens to keep me up at night.
1. Trust that God will let you know what to do in His time
Sometimes I’m so focused on “the plan” and of missing out on God’s best that I miss the point altogether.
Instead of stressing over God’s will, I’m learning to focus on deepening my relationship with Him.
“Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, ‘This is the way you should go,’ whether to the right or to the left.” (Isaiah 30:20–21)
2. Remember God’s faithfulness
When a big decision is looming, most people’s response is to fight or flee. I freeze. Making decisions often causes me to become overwhelmed to the point of paralysis.
To break this cycle, I remember God’s faithfulness in my life, and of His unchanging trustworthiness throughout history. He remains faithful even when it’s difficult to see His hand on a situation!
“He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him. Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair, and you will find the right way to go.” (Proverbs 2:8–9)
3. Give God your burden and believe He will provide what you need
When I’m wrestling with a decision, letting go is not my first choice. In these times, the Bible is my source of hope and courage. I find re-reading His promises reminds me of all the times He came through for people, and encourages me to allow Him to come through for me too.
“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)