I’m now 24 years old and almost 7 years now as a Christian. I realized that as I grow older, the more that I have to face bigger and harder decisions. And as these decisions I’m going to make gets harder, the more that I have to be careful. These decisions already involve my future and sometimes even of other people. If I will not be wise and careful enough, my life, my future, other people and more will be affected – more will suffer. Bigger decisions means more is at stake. Faced with these, I just want to share from God’s word something which I believe to be the wisest and most careful way in making a decision –TO INQUIRE OF THE LORD.
Read 2 Chronicles 20:1-30
V.1-4 After this, the Moabites and Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to make war on Jehoshaphat.2 Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from Edom, from the other side of the Sea. It is already in Hazazon Tamar ” (that is, En Gedi). 3 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. 4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.
As a king, he’s faced with a concern that involves not just his personal life but the lives of all the people of the nation he’s leading. Jehoshaphat had to make a quick decision and deploy an army to face their enemies but he resolved to inquire of the Lord.
As a result, the Lord fought for them and gave them victory as a nation. As for Jehoshaphat,
V.29-30 “29 The fear of God came upon all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how the Lord had fought against the enemies of Israel.30 And the kingdom of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given him rest on every side.”
Now what happens when we don’t inquire of the Lord?
1 Chronicles 10:13-14 Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord; he did not keep the word of the Lord and even consulted a medium for guidance,and did not inquire of the Lord. So the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David son of Jesse.
Deciding in haste will cause regrets. Hasty decisions often cost us more that we can imagine. That’s why we need to be wise and careful.
How do we inquire of the Lord?
V.3 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.
Consider your decisions in prayer. As you think about it, pray about it as well. The more time you spend thinking about it, the more time you need to pray about it.
Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”
Prayer is not just a time to tell our concerns and petitions to God but also asking God questions and taking time to listen to God’s answer.
2. Read God’s Word
As they were praying, a prophet stood up to speak God’s word to them. Today, we have the bible in our hands. Read it! God speaks through His word. God’s word serves as our God, you’ll never go wrong when you follow it.
Psalm 119:104-106 I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.
3. Godly Counsel
There are things that we can’t see that other people can see. We all have blind sides. Can you see your back? You can’t but other people can. Ask them! Ask your pastor, your small group leader or your friends in church.
Proverbs 15:22 Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.
V.4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the Lord…
What I like about the people of Judah is that when they joined Jehoshaphat, they never gave their opinions but joined him to seek help from the Lord…
Sometimes, godly people around you can give you their opinion to help you make a decision, others just share their own experience, others just few words as advice and others ask questions to clarify and it’s good. But sometimes, even wiser, they don’t even give a word but they’ll just join you to seek help from the Lord…
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Other translation of this verse says, “Trust in the Lord… and he will make your paths OBVIOUS.
Don’t be in a hurry. Be wise and be careful. Take time to pray, read God’s word and seek godly counsel.