This method of randomly opening the Scripture has been employed through the years by many well-meaning Christians. Unfortunately, when making a decision, it is not the best method of allowing the Word of God to guide you.
The Bible does have the answers to your questions and can, indeed, aid you in making decisions! What are some correct methods for letting the Word of God shine light on your pathway?
5 ways to consult the scriptures when making decisions
- If you are still single and wondering if a certain person is God's will for your life, there is a command of God found in Scripture that should guide your initial thinking: "Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers." (II Corinthians 6:14)
- If you want to know whether or not you should pay taxes, read Romans 13:7.
- Should you mooch off other people or should you seek employment? See II Thessalonians 3:10.
2. Study passages that relate specifically to your decision or circumstance.
- If you are a believing woman who is married to an unbeliever, God has a passage in scripture just for you: I Peter 3:1-6
- If you are newly married and want to find out how to be a virtuous wife, you can turn to Proverbs 31: 10-31.
- Pastors who want to know how to shepherd their congregation can study the book of Titus.
- Those who are lacking in faith can find great help in Hebrews 11.
- A man who wants to know how to love his wife as Christ loved the church could read Ephesians 5:25-33 and I Corinthians 13.
3. Reflect on Biblical principles found in Scripture.
Perhaps there is no clear command and you can't think of a single passage that relates specifically to your circumstances. Are there any general principles in Scripture that would relate to your dilemma?
For example, I Corinthians 10:31 says that whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we should do it all to the glory of God. Let this principle guide you by asking yourself questions, such as:
- Is the decision you are about to make going to give others the right opinion of God?
- Will it make Him big in other people's eyes?
4. Look for Biblical examples of people in life circumstances that are similar to yours.
- For instance, if you are a woman who has been married some time and hasn't been able to have children, you may draw comfort--and even instruction--from the lives of women like Hannah, Elizabeth, and Sarah.
- If you were hated or abused by family members who should have loved and cherished you, you will profit greatly from studying the life of Joseph.
5. Contemplate principles God is teaching you in your personal devotional time.
God is sovereign over your Bible reading. He uses your life circumstances each day to more deeply embed the truths you read that morning into your heart. And He also uses the Scripture that you read to meet the needs of your day. Your personal time in the Word every day is a necessity.