Can You Really Make the Right Decision Every Time?
Cassie was a beautiful girl in her twenties. But as she sat hunched over in the chair across from my desk that day, she was in obvious distress.
“Karen, I don’t know what to do or which way to turn,” she said, her eyes filled with tears. “I’m so afraid of making the wrong decision. If God would just tell me what to do, I’d do it!”
I’ve heard statements like those a lot over the years. As a pastor and Bible-school instructor, I’ve met so many earnest, willing people just like Cassie who want to make the right decisions in their lives, but they just aren’t sure how to go about it. Is that you today? Are you facing a decision in your life—a really big one, or maybe just a small one? Are you wondering which direction you should take? If so, then this book is for you.
We all have decisions to make every single day. Maybe you’re wondering if you should move or stay put; get married, stay single, or wait for the real Mr. Right or Mrs. Right; invest a big chunk of money; go back to school; accept a job offer, look for another job, or stick with your current one.
Maybe you’re facing a decision about a family member. Or trying to decide which car or computer to buy. Or whether you want to have children, get a roommate, buy a pet, or take a bold step of faith. Maybe you’re just trying to decide what’s next in your life. The list is endless. Thousands of decisions are waiting to be made every day.
Whatever you’re facing today, I have some good news for you: you can make the right decision every time when you have God’s help. And even better news is that He wants to help you make every single decision—big and small. He knows exactly which direction you should take so that things turn out great for you, and He wants to lead you in making the right decision every time.
There’s a Plan
Things started to change for Cassie as soon as I assured her that God wasn’t trying to keep her in the dark or hide the answers from her. It made all the difference for her to know that He wanted to help her make the decision she was facing. I explained to her, in fact, that He wanted her to know the right direction even more than she wanted to know it, because He had a plan and a purpose for her life that He wanted to unfold.
“I guess I never thought of it that way,” Cassie told me. “There is actually a specific plan, and God needs me to be walking in it. Gosh, it makes sense that He would help me find it and not hide it from me!”
The same is true for you—God has a plan and purpose for your life. We often call it, simply, His will for your life. It starts with making you a part of His family. This happens when you accept His Son, Jesus, as your Lord and Savior. Then, as you choose to accept and follow His plan for you, you discover it’s a plan that will bless not only you but others too. So He needs for you to be walking in that plan.
God’s plan for your life will bless not only you but others too.
We know this is true because the Bible says it is. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (nlt). The Message Bible says it like this: “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”
First of all, that means there is a plan. I’m so thankful for that, aren’t you? And it also means that Someone knows what the plan is—God knows! I don’t know about you, but if I’m facing a decision and don’t know which way to go, it comforts me to realize that God knows the plan.
Second, we can see from this verse that it’s a good plan. God’s plan and purpose for you—His will for your life—will lead you into a bright future. When you follow His plan, things will turn out way better than you ever imagined they would—and way better than you ever could have worked out for yourself.
The story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 proves this. It’s the story of a young man who asked his father for his inheritance, then went out and spent it all on riotous living. Soon he found himself penniless, feeding someone else’s pigs, and barely eking out an existence. One day he thought, “Even my Dad’s servants eat better than this. I’m going to go home, tell him I’ve sinned, that I’m no longer worthy to be called his son, and ask him to just let me be one of his servants” (see vv. 17-18).
That was the young man’s plan. But when he returned home, his father didn’t stick to the script. The Bible says, “The father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Luke 15:22-24).
This is such a perfect picture of your heavenly Father. His plans are way better than yours! He has so much more in store for you than you can even imagine having for yourself. The plans you make for yourself are never as good as the plans God has for you.
The plans you make for yourself are never as good as the plans God has for you.
So seek and follow His plan. It’s a plan full of goodness and hope for your life. That’s all the more reason to find out from God what the plan is and then turn to Him when making decisions about how to get there.
One minister friend of mine says it this way, “Decisions are the doorways to God’s plan. If we could see what happens behind the scenes, in the spirit realm, and the future results when God-led decisions are made, we would make it a point always to seek Him and go His way, because His way is always right!”
In this book we’re going to look at ten keys—both practical and spiritual—that will help you make right decisions—the right decision every time! I promise you that by implementing these keys and living by the scriptures they’re based on you’ll walk successfully in God’s plan for your life and fulfill the destiny He has just for you.