How To Make Decisions
GENESIS 1 | Have you read? Give it a try. While you read, consider a couple of questions. As a person, you will make decisions for yourself. What kind of decisions would you like to make? Good choices? Maybe some wrong choices? Perhaps you want to be married or stay single? Maybe you will buy lottery tickets and try to make millions quickly, or you will choose to invest money hoping for a future nest egg. Are you going to spank your children when they misbehave or have a stern talk with them? So many decisions.
So often, the outcome of these decisions will determine our future…so you better make some good choices! Making good choices can lead to better friends. We might make lots of money with lots of good decisions. Maybe we could raise productive children. A bit narrow-focused as that is, it’s not wrong to consider.
But pause with me for a moment. What really makes a decision good or bad? Could it be as simple as a momentary outcome change that brings a more positive or negative fleeting sensation? No. Okay, the answer is no. There is One who determines what makes a choice good or bad.
Genesis 1:1-5 (CSB)
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” There was an evening, and there was a morning: one day.
Who Created Good?
If we have a broader answer to why we make good decisions, the answer may look something like this: We want to make good decisions because, at the end of our life, we are going to stand before God and give an answer to why we made good or bad decisions.
Romans 14:11-12 (CSB)
11 For it is written, As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue will give praise to God. 12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Goodness. Giving an account to God seems a bit intimidating. One may find themselves asking yet, another question. If I’m going to be giving an account of my decisions (good and bad), how can I determine what is good or bad? Well, the simple answer is we have to listen to God. But why? Why listen to God… and who even is God? < Now, these are some great questions.
Creation Is Good. God Is Good.
So, while reading Genesis 1, ask yourself what is good and where did I come from. Everyone someday will eventually ask themselves these two questions. How did I get here, and who determines what is right and wrong?
Genesis 1:26-27 (CSB)
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.” 27 So God created manin his own image;he created him in the image of God;he created them male and female.
Depending on how you answer these two questions will determine your entire life. So be careful. Although these seem relatively straightforward, they may be some of the most important questions you’ll ever ask yourself.