Ask the youth group: “What decisions will you make in the next 10 years?”
Allow them to brainstorm and share their answers. Make sure they realize that they’ll be making several very important decisions!
They’ll decide whether or not to finish high school, whether or not to go to college, whether or not to go to the military, and whether or not to get a job. They will also possibly choose a college to attend, a college major, and a career field. They’ll decide where to work, where to live, whether to own a home or rent, whether or not they’ll attend church regularly, and whether they will marry or remain single. If they plan to marry, they’ll have to choose their mate. (You may think of some other possible answers, too.)
Those are some pretty big decisions! Their choices will have an effect on every single day of the rest of their lives. Having to make these major decisions can be frightening, for sure!
Let’s see what the Bible has to say about man’s decisions:
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man
Jeremiah 10:23 O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
We should seek God and allow Him to direct us because He knows what will happen in the future! If we try to make decisions on our own, our knowledge-base is often limited to our present situation. He knows what will be best for us in light of where our future will take us! After high school, I got a college degree in Music Education. At the time, state laws had mandated music education in every school, so jobs were plentiful. Within a few years, music classes were eliminated from most schools due to budget cuts. Today, music teaching jobs are hard to find! If I knew then what I know now, I would have chosen a different major.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet
Psalm 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.
How do we get direction from God? Through prayer and through the Word. The Bible is full of advice on a variety of matters. Take the time to read the Word and receive instruction.
Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalm 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.
Whose voice will you listen to?
As you try to make decisions, others will try to sway you. Friends and family will weigh in on your choices…and that’s okay. It’s wise to take counsel from those who’ve “been there and done that.” But don’t let those voices overpower God’s voice.
Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
Isaiah 58:11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
A hope and a future
Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Determine in your mind to serve God with all your heart and allow Him to lead you through life. He wants you to have the best life ever, so you can be sure He’ll lead you down the right paths.
Pray about your decisions! Get into the Word of God daily. Allow God to direct your paths because He will not lead you wrong. You can be assured that His plans are the very best!
**All scriptures are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.
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