Monday, January 22, 2018

When in Doubt ... Don't

By Andrea Merrell

But don’t begin until you count the cost.
Luke 14:28 NLT

It’s been my motto for years: when in doubt … don’t.

But we did.

My husband and I made a hasty, spur-of-the-moment decision—something we typically never do—and it has, as they say, come back to haunt us.

Snap decisions are rarely a good idea unless you’re in a life or death situation. In our home, we talk, think, and pray about things, especially large purchases.

The Bible instructs us to “count the cost.” In other words, it’s foolish to begin a construction project without knowing if you have enough money to complete it. Or for that matter, to begin anything else without knowing all the details.

In our case, we judged the proverbial book—a used car—by its cover. This vehicle had a beautiful exterior, a low price, and included all the bells and whistles. What we found between the pages—under the hood and front bumper—was a nightmare.

We’re instructed throughout Scripture to pray about everything. God wants us to consult Him about whatever we do so He can give us input (godly wisdom, knowledge, and understanding). He cares about what we care about and wants to be involved in our decision-making. Even though every answer we receive may not be clear-cut, we can make it a habit to “pursue the things which make for peace” (Romans 14:19 NKJV).

Fortunately, God redeemed our mistake, helped us make necessary repairs, and has given us direction about how to move forward. Hopefully, we’ll listen a little more carefully the next time around.

If you have a big decision facing you, ask God to show you the way. Then pursue peace.

And remember. When in doubt … don’t.

(Photo courtesy of and Stuart Miles. )



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