Today’s Scripture: The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. Psalm 25:9-10

Having the right outlook may be the difference between victory and defeat or between life and death. Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer is famous for his part in the Battle of the Little Bighorn (Custer’s Last Stand) on June 25, 1876. While many accounts of the battle have been told, two important facts are consistent: Custer underestimated the size of the Indian village he attacked, and he and all of his men were killed during the battle.

Lieutenant Colonel Custer could have followed the advice of his scouts, who told him about the large size of the Indian village; but he rejected their claims because he thought the village was much smaller. Custer soon discovered the scouts were right. The Indian village stretched for three miles and contained several Indian tribes with thousands of warriors. With just over 200 men with him, Custer was badly outnumbered. The Indians slaughtered them all because Custer followed his own outlook instead of relying upon the trained outlook of his scouts.

Like George Armstrong Custer, Christians who fail to have the right outlook on life lose out on the opportunity for victory. When we make decisions based only on our viewpoint, we often make mistakes because we lack the balance that comes with others’ wisdom and insight.

One author lists several things you can do to make good decisions.

  1. Identify the decision as a moral or non-moral decision. If the decision is a moral one, then the Bible should have a clear response for you to obey. If the decision is non-moral, then follow biblical principles (i.e. – If you’re in doubt about the decision or if making the decision could give the appearance of evil, then don’t do it.)

  2. Pray about the decision. Ask God for His leading, and wait for Him to make His will clear.

  3. Trust God to clearly show you what to do.

  4. Accept and obey the answer God reveals to you.

  5. Learn about the details involved in your decision. Study, research, and record the information you find.

Please join me tomorrow as we look at more ways to find the outlook that wins.