October 23, 2020
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. James 3:17
Why is it that we often make decisions when we are least equipped to do so? When we are tired in body or anxious in mind? This question conjures up occasions in my life when rushed decisions led to unfortunate outcomes. That day when we’d skied hard and someone said, “Let’s take one more run,” followed by a collision with a tree and a visit to the emergency room. And that email that was written—and sent—while angry and frustrated, leading to hurt feelings, bruised trust, and extensive time and energy spent on reconciliation.
A decision isn’t necessarily “bad” or “good,” but timing and intent can affect the outcome. When we invite God into the decision-making process, the outcome is all but guaranteed to be better for us. In Joel 3:14, the prophet declares “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision!” I know that, biblically, this verse refers to the valley of Jehoshaphat and God’s judgment over nations, but I like the idea that we can visit a personal version of the “valley of decision.” In our “valley of decision” we take the time and space to sit with God and wrestle over the pros and cons of difficult decisions. There we ask God for guidance and prayerfully consider our options to make decisions that are in line with His will for us.
Thank You, God, for Your Word, that reminds us that You are a wise and loving father. Peace comes from knowing that we can turn to You for all things and at all times. Amen