Life is full of decisions. Many are morally neutral, such as choosing a paint color. Others have profound spiritual implications. So where can you turn when you’re facing a serious, faith-impacting dilemma, and you’re uncertain about what’s right?
And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” Therefore, when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and dispute with them, they determined that Paul and Barnabas and certain others of them should go up to Jerusalem, to the apostles and elders, about this question. So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren. And when they had come to Jerusalem, they were received by the church and the apostles and the elders; and they reported all things that God had done with them (Acts 15:1-4, NKJV).
The example of biblical decision-making in Acts 15 can help us sort through our uncertainties. Steps gleaned from this chapter provide a good framework for seeking divine guidance:
1. Turn to God’s Word. Look for passages that shed light on your situation. You may need to check a concordance or Bible search program.
2. Pray, asking God to give direction.
3. Listen to godly counsel. Talk to your chaplain, prayer partner, church elder, or pastor. He or she may have insight you haven’t considered.
If you remain open to God and seek answers honestly, He will lead you. He wants you to know His truth and discover His plan for your life.
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.