Three Steps to Take Before a Major Decision at Work

“It is the LORD who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding. He provides help and protection for those who are righteous and honest.”

Proverbs 2:6-7 (GNT)

Are you facing a tough decision about what to do in your job or career? Fortunately, the wealthiest businessman who ever lived also wrote two books of the Bible—Proverbs and Ecclesiastes—and spread his wisdom about wealth and work.

Solomon’s wisdom in Proverbs offers three first steps that apply to any kind of major decision you need to make. So what are those three steps to get you started?

First, check the Bible.
Before you get anybody elses perspective on what youre going to do, you need to go to God’s Word and get his perspective. The Bible says in Proverbs 2:6-7, It is the LORD who gives wisdom; from him come knowledge and understanding. He provides help and protection for those who are righteous and honest” (GNT).

Next, get the facts.
Proverbs 18:13 says, What a shame—yes, how stupid!—to decide before knowing the facts!” (TLB). Before I started Saddleback Church, I spent six months getting the facts. I read everything in print on church growth before I even moved to Orange County. Then I studied demographics and census statistics, and I discovered that between 1970 and 1980, Orange County was the fastest-growing county in America, and the Saddleback Valley was the fastest-growing area in Orange County. I thought, Theyre probably going to need some new churches!” I wanted to minister where I knew there was going to be a need—and through research I discovered that need and how to address it.

Then, ask for advice.
You need to talk to people whove made a similar decision and also to people who know how God has shaped you. Ask them, Am I shaped to do this or not? Does God seem to be leading me in this direction?

Proverbs 15:22 says, Without advice plans go wrong, but with many advisers they succeed” (GW).

One of the reasons we dont want to ask for advice is we dont want to admit that we dont know all the answers. But humility and wisdom go together. When you are prideful and think you know it all, you are more likely to fail.

To make a wise decision and be successful, you need to first check the Bible, then research the facts, and finally ask advice from people who have experience and know the way you’ve been shaped.

Talk It Over

  • Why do you think it’s important to know how God has shaped you when making a big decision about your work?
  • Who in your life can you go to for advice about your work? Why do you trust that person?
  • How can you apply these three steps (Check the Bible, Get the facts, and Ask for advice) to other areas of your life?

Will you follow Jesus today?

The Bible says you can only get to heaven by trusting in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. You can’t earn your way into heaven: “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9 NIV).

If you’re ready to commit your life to Jesus, start by praying this prayer:

“Dear God, you have promised that if I believe in your Son, Jesus Christ, everything I’ve ever done wrong will be forgiven, I will learn the purpose of my life, and you will accept me into your eternal home in heaven one day.

“I confess I have sinned, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died to take away my sins and that you raised him to life. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and follow him as Lord from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

If you just prayed to accept Jesus, please email me at [email protected] and let me know about it. I’d like to send you some free materials to help you start your journey with Jesus.

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