‘Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. ‘ Philippians 4:6
How is it that we categorize major and minor and decisions? What makes us decide which decisions we make are major and which decisions we make are minor? I believe that this verse shows us that there are no major decision or minor decision, there are only decisions. God commands us through this verse not to overlook anything. He teaches us that we must bring all things before him through prayer and supplication. Feel convicted yet? I sure do! Why? because I have a tendency to pray about the big things and then try to do the little things in my own strength. God does not categorize the big and little, but he wants us to bring everything to his attention. Dealing with decisions are difficult, worrisome, and stressful. This verse gives each us some principles to follow when dealing with decisions.
- The decisions we make always dictate a new direction. Regardless of how small the turn it always effects our direction. Whether I turn 2 degrees, 30 degrees, or 180 degrees, the turn changes my direction. Therefore, even the smallest of turns has an impact on the direction. We need to realize that regardless of the decisions we make it always dictates a new direction in our lives.
- The most simplistic of decisions will have the greatest of consequences. I was given a very good illustration with this principle: The devil did not have to cause man to decide to kill, or commit adultery. All the devil had to do was cause man to decide to disobey God in the Garden of Eden. What seemed so small turned into something so disastrous. Think about like this: Nobody ever woke up one day and said I want to be a drunk or drug addict with my life. Where did it start? It did not start with a decision to make addiction a major part of their lives. It started with a decision to hang around with the wrong people. Most people never consider the fact that their life they living was based on what they thought was a small, insignificant decision but ended up having massive consequences. My decision to spend time with family, my decision to play with my kids, my decision to kiss my spouse before leaving the house may seem so simplistic but it can have some major consequences.
- Consider God. God wants to help us. We must consider him in all things. When we fail to bring God into our decisions we are going to give birth to anxiety and stress. God wants to be held in the backdrop of all our decisions. God does not categorize them, but God wants to control them. He wants us to bring every decision into his presence. He wants pray about everything.
The ability to apply the principles has a beautiful promise that follows. Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” If we want the peace of God to rule our lives then we must avoid categorizing our decisions and consider God in everything. It will remove anxiety and produce peace.