How to Make Good Decisions

Proverbs 14:12 Dissected & Defined

There is a way (course of life) which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death (end of life).

Daily-Devo Paraphrase

The voice of reason: a friend or enemy? When your mind determines reasons for why something should be done, it signals those reasons to your will. This represents our decision-making processes. It is the voice of reason. 

God intends for us to determine right from wrong, good from bad, and what matters most from what matters least by developing an inner voice greater than the voice of reason. 

The voice of reason can let you down. The still, small voice of your Redeemer will not. The voice of reason comes from the negotiations of your thoughts. Your mind does battle with itself, giving thought to different options, equations, situations, and consequences. This process is referred to as meditation, “choosing to dwell on particular thoughts.” The conclusion of these thoughts becomes your reason for why you do things. 

Good Reason Does Not Equal Good Decisions

This verse tells us that when we choose our own way, we will think that it seems right. It will be the voice of reason. We even come up with good reasons for our decisions. However, these reasons could lead us to a spiritual and even a premature physical death. They seem right, but are not. Where did we go wrong? Should we reject the voice of reason? The answer is simple—yes. Never listen to the voice of reason.

Please understand, when faced with decisions, it is more than appropriate to consider all the ramifications of your decisions. But, that is not where you should begin, neither where you should end your considerations. Your reasonable conclusions could lead to death. 

Good Decisions Are Prompted

Rather than obeying the voice of reason, you must search for the inner voice of reason. God has reasons for why and what He wants you to do. He will prompt you to take His steps, the right steps. He may not give you the reasons, but He will give you His voice!

You just must learn to listen to His voice. It may not seem right, but it is right. His voice should be your choice!

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Steve Curington grew up in a Christian home and graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After high school, Steve started a 10-year addiction to alcoholism and cocaine. After a serious car accident, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with Jesus Christ. After his recovery in 1996, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, grew to a class of more than 300 people from the community and then spread to other churches across the country and around the world. The founder of Reformers Unanimous International (RU) died suddenly on October 30, 2010. Mr. Curington, a husband and father of five children, was only 45, but he accomplished more in his 15 years of ministry than many do in a lifetime. We know his work, his writing, his voice, and his reach will live on.

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