Today’s Scripture: What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. PsalmĀ 25:12-14

The devil hates good construction. One man built a house upon his own wisdom. The house looked great inside and out . . . until the devil started to apply pressure to the walls. The ceiling began to crack. More pressure caused the walls and floor to separate. Soon the entire house collapsed under its fragile foundation.

A second man built his house upon the will of God. Satan walked around the outside of the house and checked for weaknesses, but he couldn’t find any. Nothing he tried could shake the house because it had a strong foundation.

The will of God is the only safe foundation for a Christian. Still, many Christians struggle with making decisions in line with God’s will. Here are several more guidelines that will give you an outlook that wins:

  1. Get counsel. I can’t overstress the importance of counsel in decision-making. It always helps to get another person’s perspective.

  2. Think about what God wants in your situation. Ask yourself, how will the outcome of my decision affect my relationship with God? Will He be glorified? How will others be affected?

  3. Think through the decision. Make a list of reasons in favor of the decision, and then list arguments against the decision. If anything on your list goes against clear Bible teaching, then the decision is not a good one.

  4. Take action. Once you have used a different outlook, you can move forward with your decision in confidence that you are in God’s will.

Are you thinking about making a big financial decision? Perhaps you are considering a mate, applying for a job, or moving to another city. Build the house of your decisions upon the will of God. As you follow the steps listed above, you will have an outlook that wins.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder