Big questions we all ask
How do I make good decisions? What does God really want from me? Does God care about every little choice I make?
The big question behind all of these questions, of course, is this: What’s God’s will for my life?
Do my decisions really matter to God?
God cares about what’s going on in our hearts. In any decision we have the opportunity to choose who we will worship.
Will we worship God or will we worship ourselves? God desires to be the highest priority in every part of our lives.
In some areas of life it’s clear that there are right decisions and wrong decisions—like the choice of whether to cheat on an exam.
In other areas, we need to make choices between two good things—like making a decision between two great colleges. It’s quite possible God would be present in and honored by either decision.
Other times the choice may have to do with a gray area—something that’s not necessarily right or wrong. These are opportunities to practice wisdom.
For example, spending a lot of time talking on the phone or texting friends may be a good thing. But if there’s never any time when we are just quiet and still, it can be harder for us to be aware of God’s presence.
Being wise might mean turning the phone off from time to time to quiet your heart so you can be more attentive to the presence of God in everyday life.
Sometimes when we make decisions, it can seem like we’re trying to work God into our life story. But really, we are part of God’s story and God is delighted by our desire to live with that focus in mind.
Answered by Dr. Jamie Noling Associate Campus Pastor at Azusa Pacific University (California)