What Guides Your Decision-Making?

by Bethany

Today’s Readings: Isaiah 50, Revelation 20

Why I Like Biographies

I like biographies because I’m far more interested in the decision-making process than I am in final decisions.  Although history books give the facts, biographies give the story behind them – the initial spark of an idea, the threats to its success, and the tiny victories that inspire endurance.

The Bible is like a biography.  It’s not merely a collection of moral stories or an obedience guidebook.  Rather, it’s one story with one overarching message that tells us who God is and what He is like.

How the Bible Is a Biography

As a biography, the Bible reveals God in the Law, the Psalms and the Prophets, e.g., Isaiah [1].  Yet, He most fully shows Himself in His Son: “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.  The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being …” [2].

Seven hundred years before His birth, Jesus spoke through Isaiah, offering insight into His unique relationship with His Father.  Unlike others [3], Jesus listens to God:  “Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.  The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious …” [4].

Jesus as Biography

As this biography progresses, God enters into history as Jesus and we see how He listens, makes daily decisions and approaches conversations.  He wasn’t primarily guided by circumstances or man’s wisdom, but He was saturated in God’s Word [5].  He quoted the Law and the Psalms in response to temptation [6].  His Sermon on the Mount was a refinement of the Law of Moses [7].  Unjustly accused, He was sustained by the Word [8]. Finally, when He faced His own suffering, He cried out Psalm 22.

Being a fully obedient human, Jesus was teachable and submissive to the Father by reading, studying and meditating on the Word.  Thus, in every decision and conversation, He was guided by the Word of God.

Yet, how often do we follow His example?  What gets the most weight in our decision-making – the things and “signs” that happen around us, the opinions of others, or the Word of God?


[1] Luke 24:44  | [2] Hebrews 1:1-3 NIV  [3] Where Israel is “many,” the Servant is “one.”  Where Israel is unconvinced of God’s love for them, He is sure of it.  Where Israel doubts God’s deliverance, He is confident of it.  Where Israel thinks God is far off and will not help, He knows that God is near and ready to help.  Where Israel suffers for her disobedience, He suffers for His obedience.  Where Israel is charged rightly for her sins, He is charged wrongly and is declared to be innocent.   |  [4] Isaiah 50:4-5 ESV  |  [5] Jesus quoted from twenty-four of the Old Testament books – the only ones from which He didn’t quote are Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs.  Moreover, there are many instances where He alludes to Old Testament images or references without directly quoting it, e.g., Matthew 12:42/1 Kings 10:1.  |  [6] See Luke 4:1-13, quoting Deuteronomy 8:3, 6:13, 6:16; Psalm 91:11-12  |  [7] Matthew 5-7  |  [8] He constantly referred to the importance of the Scriptures being fulfilled in Him, see, e.g., Matthew 26:54, 56; 27:14.

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2 Comments to “What Guides Your Decision-Making?”

  1. Thanks, Bethany. This helped with my query today re: decision making…

  2. The photo is lovely, of coruse…. and I took a number of similar ones in our neighborhood… we must have had the same snow hit us last week, of coruse. And that scripture is another one I rely upon. Thanks.

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