Archive | November, 2012

Decisions, decisions

13 Nov

“You do not have because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives.” –James 4:2-3

Have you ever had a situation in which you needed God to help you make a choice?

Who to date?

What job to take?

Where to go to college?

Often times when we are faced with a tough decision, we want God to tell us the right choice. We want him to magically reveal it to us, as if there is only one correct answer.

Could it be possible that God is more concerned with the how that who, what, or where?

Let me explain.

You ask God where to go to college, but maybe God is more concerned with how you are going to act when you get to college…

You ask God what job to take, but maybe God just wants you to serve him wherever you go…

You ask God who you should date, but maybe God is more concerned about how you are going to use your relationship to glorify him…

You see, I don’t think God cares as much about the who, what, and where, as much as he cares about the how- your heart and your motives

People may be pure in their own eyes, but the Lord examines their motives. –Proverbs 16:2

Our best attempts will always lead us in the wrong direction. We need right motives in order to follow God’s plan for us. Only God can purify our hearts to give us right motives…

But when you have right motives, you can’t go wrong

You see, I don’t believe that there is only one person, place, job, college, or whatever your choice may be. I don’t believe that there is only one “right” answer.

I don’t think God only allows one “right” choice and if we choose the wrong one… well, we’re done!

No! God is a good father and he will always take care of his children. He knows we fail and make mistakes. He knows we are sinners and if it was left up to us, we would always choose the wrong way. He knows all of this and he still chooses to love us and take an active interest in our lives.

That is why I believe God will use us wherever we go, whatever choice we make. As long as we have the right motives, he can use us wherever, whenever, and with whoever.

When we have a pure heart our motives will follow in the pursuit of the purposes of God.


 If you seek the right motives, the right choices will become evident.


So, next time you are faced with a tough decision…

  • Examine your motives
  • Don’t pray “should I?” or “shouldn’t I?” pray “God, give me your heart and your motives in this situation.”
  • Remember, when your motives are right, you can’t go wrong