Lysa asks some great questions and gives us some Scripture to reflect on. Feel free to get your journal ready as we move forward in considering what it means to make “Best Yes” decisions. The following information is from pages 16-19 in The Best Yes Study Guide.
The Fear of Decisions
Take a minute to consider which of these statements best describes your schedule right now.
- Time to spare. I am mostly unscheduled and have quite a bit of discretionary time.
- Time accessible. I am lightly scheduled and have a fair amount of discretionary time.
- Time enough. I have a good balance between scheduled commitments and discretionary time.
- Time limited. I am heavily scheduled and have little discretionary time.
- Time shortage. I am overscheduled and very rarely have discretionary time.
What words would you use to summarize how you feel about your current schedule? For example: challenged, bored, energized, exhausted, resentful, engaged, productive, etc.
How we schedule our time is based on the decisions we make – what we say yes or no to. Overall, how much control do you feel you have over your schedule right now? In other words, to what degree do you feel free to say yes or no to the requests and opportunities that come your way?
Are there any factors that make you may feel anxious or afraid about saying no?
The Fear of the Lord
Left unchecked, even small fears can derail our decisions. Therefore, we need to flip the fear in our decision making into much healthier fears that lead to wisdom. As you read these verses, keep in mind that you are looking for connections between the fear of the Lord and wisdom.
- The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his instructions have good insight. Psalm 111:10
- Now the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him – those who depend on His faithful love. Psalm 33:18
- So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work our your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13
- He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry for help and saves them. Psalm 145:19
- Teach me Your way, Yahweh, and I will live by Your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear your name. Psalm 86:11
- How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. Psalm 128:1
In order to fear the Lord we have to know Him and understand what He’s like. Briefly review the passages above and focus on the words that describe God’s actions. Overall, how does God relate to those who fear Him? What is the image of God these passages convey? Do you know of other passages that also help us to learn about God and what it means to fear the Lord? If so, please write them down and share them below or in our Facebook page.
The above passages also characterize those who fear the Lord. What stands out most to you about what it means to fear the Lord? What connections might you make between these characteristics and what it means to practice wisdom?
If part of what it means to fear the Lord – to have wisdom – is to rely on God’s unfailing love and faithfulness, what do you think it means to be foolish in this regard? What else have you relied on, instead of relying on God’s faithful guidance, when making decisions?
When you feel anxious or afraid about saying yes or no, which passage(s) might help you turn from the fear of the decision to the fear of the Lord that will lead to wisdom?
It’s easy to think that the our daily yes and no decisions aren’t all that important, but over time, they add up…and …