Biblical Process of Decision Making
Principle of First, And Best
In non-moral decisions, the goal of the believer is to make wise decisions on the basis of God as my first priority, and serving Him with my best effort.
In other words, put God first in all things and then choose the best way to serve and honor God within His revealed will.
J.I. Packer's definition of wisdom in Knowing God, fits here, "Wisdom is the power to see, and the inclination to choose, the best and the highest goal, together with the surest means of attaining it."
Matthew 6:33 Seek the kingdom of God first
1 Corinthians 7:39-40 Do what is lawful and best for you.
Ephesians 5:15-16 Walk in wisdom, redeem the time
1 Thessalonians 3:-1-2
Paul chooses the best means of helping the Thessalonians.
1 Corinthians 16:3-4
Paul makes the best use of time, resources and energy
The apostle chooses the best solution to a problem
How Wisdom is Obtained
Proverbs 2:4-5 It must be pursued
Proverbs 2:6 It must be understood as coming from God
Proverbs 2:7 Uprightness is necessary
Proverbs 8:17; Diligence is necessary
Proverbs 9:9; 15:31; 19:20 Teachableness is necessary
Proverbs 9:10 Reverence is necessary
Proverbs 11:2 Humility is necessary
James 1:5-8 Faith is necessary
James 1:5-6; Colossians 1:9-10 Ask for it
Psalms 119:97-100; Ps 19:7; 2 Timothy 2:7 Seek for it.
Nehemiah 2:11-16; John 2; Luke 14:28-32 Outside research
Proverbs 11:14; 13:20; 15:22 Wise counselors
Proverbs 30:24-28; 6:6-11 Life itself
In non-moral decisions, the goal of the Christian is to make wise decisions on the basis of “First, Best and Most.”
“The most I will do for God is the least I will do for God.” -D.L. Moody.
Don't imagine that you have got to go into a cave to be consecrated, and stay there all your life. Whatever you take up, take it up with all your heart.” -D.L. Moody
One note of caution, never think that God doesn’t touch or move His children in a very personal way. God never leads contrary to his Word but the Holy Spirit often uses our emotions and circumstances to make God’s will for us clear within that boundary. God’s call to salvation, to service, to joining a church, to rededication, etc. are very personalized and a clear sign that God is leading us.