Life is full of many challenging situations that requires decision making. It could be a decision about little things like discerning the best clothe to wear or big things like finding the right life partner, college, career, or house to buy. They can be good or bad decisions. Sometimes we make some decisions under duress while some decisions may require us reaching out to some folks, making some investigation, and seeking counsel from professionals. However, despite the huge impact decision making could have on our lives and on the lives of the people around us, we’re sometimes not properly equipped on how best to reach a conclusion on crucial matters that may mar or make our lives. So In this short article, I intend to examine the impacts of decision making, good and bad, on the lives of two individuals and also offer some suggestions on how to make good decision as we journey in life.
My first case study is Amnon, a young man whose story was illustrated in 2 Samuel 13:1-33. Amnon was one of King David’s sons who made a heinous decision to fall in love with his sister, Tamar, Absalom’s sister. He raped Tamar as a result of his unholy affections. Let’s examines some of the consequences of his evil decision.
- His action tarnished his image and sent him to his early grave;
- His action defiled and tarnished the image of his half-sister, Tamar;
- His action tarnished the image of his father, King David, and that of the Jesse lineage;
- His action shows that no matter how long an evil decision maybe in hiding, it will surely speak up one day;
- He lived an unfulfilled life as his life came to an abrupt end.
My second case study is another young man named Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob. Joseph was confronted severally with the opportunity to make evil decision but he refused as he feared God. Notable among the different matters that confronted Joseph was the request from Potiphar’s wife to recline with her as illustrated in Genesis 39:6-23. Let’s examines some of the consequences of his good decision.
- Had he yielded to Potiphar’s wife’s request, God’s plan for Joseph may have been aborted;
- God’s future plans to save Israel and the world from famine may have been interrupted;
- His father’s lineage was saved from evil name;
- Although his decision sent him to prison but God vindicated and exalted him later;
- God used Joseph’s incarceration to connect and launch him to his glorious future.
Interestingly , the circumstances surrounding the above case studies are quite similar but the actions taken and the characters involved differ. So let’s examine some practical tips for making a right decision in life.
Some Decision Making Tips
- Pray about it before reaching a conclusion (Proverb 3:5).
- Wait for answer(s) from God. He may speak now or later (Isaiah 55:8-9; 58:11).
- Double check your decision(s) with God’s Word – The Bible (Psalm 119:105).
- Relax! Don’t make decisions in hurry (Proverb 15:1).
- Seek for counsel from mature but godly people (Proverb 11:14).
- Don’t make decisions when your mind is not at peace.
- Weigh your options on the subject matter before making a decision.
- Be ready to take full responsibility for your actions (good or bad).
Decision making is very crucial to our success in life but it can be daunting sometimes making a good decision. So what should you be considering during decision making? I hope to address this aspect in my next blog post but let’s ruminate on the following questions. What kind of decision are you about making? Who and what is informing your decision making? What are the implications of your past, present, and future decision making? In order to make good decision in life, you need Jesus Christ in your life to guide you because “…the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).
I hope you find this article helpful when you’re faced with challenging situations that requires making decision. Thank you for reading. I am looking forward to receiving thoughts, your comments, and questions on this article.