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Over the years I’ve had a lot of people say to me: “I don’t know what to do or which way to turn,” or “I’m so afraid of making the wrong decision,” or “If God would just tell me what to do, I’d do it!”

They are earnest, God-loving people who want to make the right decisions in their life, but they just aren’t sure how to go about it.

Is that you today? Are you facing a decision – a really big one, or even a small one? Are you wondering what direction to take?

We all have decisions to make, every single day. Whatever decision you’re facing, I have some good news: you can make the right decision every time when you have God’s help. And even better news: He wants to help you make every single decision – big and small. He knows exactly the right direction for you to take so that things turn out great for you.

There’s a Plan
You see, God actually wants you to know the right direction for your life even more than you do, because He has a plan and a purpose for you.

When you choose to accept and follow His plan, it will bless not only you, but others. So He needs you to be walking in that plan.

We know this is true because the Bible says so. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” The Message Bible says it like this: “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”

First of all, that means there is a plan. I’m so thankful for that, aren’t you? And it also means that someone knows what the plan is – God does! I don’t know about you, but if I’m facing a decision and don’t know which way to go, it comforts my heart to realize that God knows the plan.

Secondly, we can see from this verse that it’s a good plan. When you follow His plan, things can turn out way better than you could ever work out for yourself.

The story of the prodigal son in Luke 15 proves this out. It’s the story of a young man who asked his father for his inheritance then went out and spent it all on riotous living. Soon he found himself penniless, feeding someone else’s pigs and barely eking out an existence. One day he thought, “Even my Dad’s servants eat better than this. I’m going to go home, tell him I’ve sinned, that I’m no longer worthy to be called his son, and ask him to just let me be one of his servants.”

That was the young man’s plan. But when he returned home, his father didn’t stick to the script. The Bible says, “The father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Luke 15:22-24).

This is such a perfect picture of your Heavenly Father. His plans are way better than yours! He has so much more in store for you than you can even imagine for yourself. The things you plan on your own are never as good as the plans God has for you. So seek and follow His plan. It’s a plan full of goodness and hope for your life. All the more reason to find out from God what the plan is, and turn to Him when making decisions about how to get there.

Source: How to Make The Right Decision Every Time: 10 Keys for Finding God's Direction by Karen Jensen Salisbury.
Excerpt permission granted by Karen Jensen Salisbury Ministries, All rights reserved.

Author Biography

Karen Jensen Salisbury
Web site: Karen Jensen Salisbury
Karen Jensen Salisbury has been in ministry for almost 30 years, and a writer for almost 40. Her teachings and writings have influenced the lives of hundreds of thousands of people all over the world. Her humor, her never-give-up attitude, her love for God and her strong stand on His Word will bless and inspire you.

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