How to Make Decisions You Won’t Regret

How many times have we made what we thought was the best decision—and it turned out to be the worst? Lessons learned from such blunders—if we survive them—we remember and regret all of our lives.

You need to make a decision.

(Photo: By Szerkesztő: Joliet Jake (B.M.), via Wikimedia Commons)

We make knee-jerk decisions that we think will benefit us financially, or relationally, or vocationally, or physically.

But spiritually?

Lot failed to ask that question, and he lived with the regret.

But we don’t have to be like him.

Decisions that Looks Good on the Surface

The Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere, “like the garden of the Lord,” so Lot took his hungry flocks there. But choosing to dwell in the best of the land turned out to be one of the worst of decisions, for the text includes this ominous note: “This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah” (Genesis 13:10).

In fact, a glance ahead reveals that in addition to Sodom, God destroyed all vegetation in the land—the very reason why Lot initially felt attracted to the valley (Genesis 19:25).

Dead Sea shoreline with salt crystals

(Photo: The salty shoreline of the Dead Sea. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Compromising Decisions Always have a Hook

Here we acquire the painful principle that in time, we relinquish even the “benefits” of sin. What initially seemed so attractive to Lot—what so quickly satisfied his need—brought him what all fleshly decisions eventually bring: a temporary benefit with long-term regret (2 Peter 2:7-8).

If sin were not an ugly thing, would it wear a mask? . . . Truth is not ashamed of its name or nakedness; it can walk openly and boldly. —George Swinnock

Consider how often we make lifelong choices based on the impulse of a glance: 

  • We buy cars with all the extras.
  • We run stop signs.
  • We date (or even marry) charming unbelievers.
  • We move to another city, only then to search for a good church.

Learn to Ask the Right Questions

Decisions we won’t regret come from asking the right questions. We must ask ourselves:

  • How will this decision affect me spiritually?
  • How will this affect my relationship with God?
  • How will this affect my testimony about Jesus?

We need to remember that our spiritual life IS our life—and that we are not our own. We need eyes to see the spiritual implications of our decisions.

Lot’s failure teaches us that before we pay a penny for sin, we should consider the real price of a divided heart.

And where we have compromised, we should immediately run to the forgiving arms of our Lord Jesus—and not look back.

Question: What helps you make decisions you won’t regret? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Adapted from Wayne Stiles, Going Places with God: A Devotional Journey Through the Lands of the Bible (Ventura, CA: Regal, 2006), p. 30. Used by permission.

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