“O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.” Ps 25:4 NLT
Even simple decisions can be stressful. Ever watch a child struggle to choose between chocolate or strawberry ice cream? And the bigger decisions, like whom to marry, which career to choose, whether to buy a house or to undergo high-risk surgery, etc. can be nerve-racking! But you can reduce your stress level by following these biblical principles: (1) Do the research. “Anyone who answers without listening is foolish and confused” (Pr 18:13 NCV). 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. Is God interested in your decisions? Yes. “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).