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For most of us, whenever we are faced with a lot of problems and difficult choices, we feel like giving up. We eventually end up making the wrong decisions and then blaming God. I have my fair share of stories when it comes to decision making. I used to believe that life is a series of problems, and if you do not know how to stand up for yourself, you will become your own evil. This is partly true, but all in all, we have a God who will guide us through.

Proverbs 19:3 speaks of how we deal with our decisions in life:

A person’s own folly leads to their ruin, yet their heart rages against the Lord.

Our bible study last March 30, 2015 was very fruitful and timely. I am currently in a time where I am having questions about life. I fear that I might make the wrong decisions and fail the people around me. With the guidance of my leader Janice, I was reminded of the 3 approaches I make in decision-making:

1. Hands off

This is when I let time and circumstances to help out in my choices in life. If I start to be passive, things will fall into place.

2. Everything is up for grabs

This is when you exhaust all means to make your own decision.

3. God’s perfect will

Letting the Lord help you in making a decision and lifting up everything to Him. Through His will and guidance, I will never be lost or afraid.

We were asked choose from the three, and I wholeheartedly chose 2 and 3. I believe that God helps those who helps themselves. Before surrendering to God's will, it is best to do something first than sit around and wait for answers.

After this, we were given points to consider in making a decision:

1. We have a ROLE (Proverbs 21:5)

The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.

Seek guidance and advice (Proverbs 24:6)

In order to have concrete plans and decisions for yourself, look at the bigger picture by seeking advice from other people. Life may give you difficult questions and choices, but if you have a strong will and power, you won't commit mistakes.

2. God has a ROLE (Proverbs 16:1-2)

To humans belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

The Lord weighs our motives. There are times when we are distracted by our selfish desires, but if we truly seek for God's embracing love and guidance, we will never be lost.

Before the session ended, Janice gave us application questions to reflect on. These were the challenging questions:

1. Do you think that we are free to make our own choices?

2. Does our choice matter?

3. Does God sovereignly determine the way things are going to run out?

I honestly told Janice that these questions were the ultimate theological queries I have as a Christian. When I started taking Theology classes during my college years, I was seeking for the answers to these application questions. I then told her that it was just recently that I had the right answers, and it stemmed out from my daily reflections about life:

Everything is a process. Sometimes, we seek for answers; sometimes we want the answers right away. We demand too much from the Lord, as if He has a debt from us. I realized that whenever I make decisions, I have to go through the process and stop asking if I really have the power to choose freely. It’s not about the power I have; it’s more of putting my faith to God because in Him alone will I be ever endearing and passionate with anything. My strength to choose will always come from Him, regardless of any other circumstances that will come along the way. We have the free will, but as Voltaire says, I shall quote, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Indeed, God has a Master Plan, and it was already written. We were not created to be fortune tellers, but followers.