The story is told of two hunters who got a pilot to fly them into the far north to hunt elk. They were quite successful in their venture and bagged six big bucks.
The pilot came back, as arranged, to pick them up. They started loading their gear into the plane, including the six elk.
The pilot objected and said, “The plane can only carry four of your elk. Any more than that would weigh the plane down too much. You will have to leave two of the elk behind.”
The two hunters were both infuriated and insistent. They said, “Last year, we shot six elk, and that pilot let us put them all on board. And that plane was the exact same model.”
Reluctantly, the pilot finally permitted them to put all six elk onboard. But about fifteen minutes after taking off, the engine started to sputter, and within seconds they were losing altitude, and crashed into the wilderness.
Climbing out of the wreckage, one hunter said to the other, “Do you know where we are?” The other hunter replied, “I think so. I think this is about a mile from where we crashed last year.”
Would you agree that the pilot made a bad decision?
Here is another example. Two guys who were not known for being overly smart were driving a delivery truck down a road when they came to a tunnel. The sign said, “Warning: Maximum Height 10 ft 0 inches.”
They got out and measured their truck. Unfortunately, the truck was just over 12 feet high. They did not know what to do.
Finally, one of them looked both directions and said, “I don’t see any police, let’s go for it.”
Another bad decision. We have all made bad decisions. And we have experienced the consequences of those decisions.
So how can you make good decisions? I suggest you follow three principles when you make a decision.
The first principle is to walk by faith, not by sight.
Being a Christian requires that you exercise faith. You don’t allow fear or trying circumstances to get your focus off God. Instead, you wait and allow God, in his timing, to provide solutions to the challenges of your life. You allow God to meet your needs.
The second principle is to major on the spiritual, not on the physical.
We are prone to care more about our physical needs like food, shelter, and clothing. We focus on our pains and possessions.
But a better way is to put God first. We must die to self and put God’s will first (Matthew 6:33). We must rely on God’s provision and care. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2).
David wrote in Psalm 37:25 (NLT), “Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly forsaken, nor seen their children begging for bread.”
The third principle is to honor the Lord, not the enemy.
Satan is the enemy of the Christian. Satan schemes to trick and deceive you. Thus, the Christian is use discernment and make a decision that honors God.
In 2014, the state of North Carolina legalized gay marriage. John Kallum Jr, a Christian magistrate, had a decision to make: marry gay couples or refuse to marry them.
What did he decide?
He wrote a resignation letter to his boss saying that he believed marrying homosexuals “would desecrate a holy institution established by God Himself.” He went on to write, “I can no longer fulfill my oath of office in good faith.”
Many other Christians are making good decisions. They decide to walk by faith.
They decide to major on the spiritual. They decide to honor the Lord.
I challenge you to do the same.