Former president Ronald Reagan once had an aunt who took him to a cobbler for a pair of new shoes. The cobbler asked young Reagan, “Do you want square toes or round toes?” Unable to decide, Reagan didn’t answer, so the cobbler gave him a few days.
Several days later the cobbler saw Reagan on the street and asked him again what kind of toes he wanted on his shoes. Reagan still couldn’t decide, so the shoemaker replied, “Well, come by in a couple of days. Your shoes will be ready.” When the future president did so, he found one square-toed and one round-toed shoe! “This will teach you to never let people make decisions for you,” the cobbler said to his indecisive customer.
“I learned right then and there,” Reagan said later, “if you don’t make your own decisions, someone else will.”
It’s a problem that has been around for along time… but seems to be growing in our families, our churches, in young adults, and adults alike. It is the problem of indecisiveness.
You can call it Wavering, vacillating, or irresolution – whatever you want to call it, it’s the problem of doing nothing, because you can’t make up your mind what to do.
Indecisiveness is a paralyzing problem.
One of the shortest versus n the Bible is Luke 17:32 “Remember Lot’s wife”. Most of you know the story about Sodom and Gomorah, Lot and his wife. Gen. 19.
God was judging Sodom and Gomorrah because of their perversion and wickedness, Lot and his wife were fleeing the city, and when Lot’s wife looked back, she turned into a pillar of salt.
You could say that Lot’s wife was paralyzed by her own indecision. She couldn’t make up her mind. She looked back with regret. Lot’s wife couldn’t decide if she wanted to stay in a wicked city that God was destroying with fire and brimstone, or escape with her life.
Someone said – Indecision and delay are the parents of failure. As men, our families are often the ones who wait for us, to decide. But sometimes, especially big decisions, can be paralyzing for men.
If you are praying over something, and earnestly seeking God’s will – then by all means, wait for the Lord to show you. But for Heaven’s sake, don’t use that as an excuse to keep putting off a decision that you don’t want to make.
If you are honestly trying to do God’s will, and you are off a little bit, God knows that, and he will guide you into his perfect will.
Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.”
Too many men, who are supposed to be the leaders of their families, can’t or won’t be decisive about what their family stands for, and so the children grow up with no sense of moral bearing.
Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
People with that kind of commitment are getting harder and harder to find.
Today, it seems we cant even decide what has already been decided.
So, here’s – Why You Can’t Make a Decision.
1. A Lack of Faith causes Indecision
James 1:5–8 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
I think it’s better to make the best decision you can make, even if it turns out to be wrong, than to not make a decision – and fail because you wouldn’t choose.
Do you believe that God has a plan for your life? Do you believe that God wants you to know what that plan is? Do you believe that God will lead you and guide you? Do you believe that God wants to bless you and use you for his Glory?
2. A Lack of Conviction causes Indecision
It’s so important to know what you believe, and why you believe it, and stick to it with conviction.
If you don’t, then you will lack confidence, and you will be unsure about what you do, and why you do it, all the days of your life.
Romans 14:5–6 “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.”
Too many people won’t decide what they believe on a variety of biblical issues, and so they are wishy washy Christians.
3. A Lack of Principles causes Indecision
1 Kings 18:20–21 “So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.”
There are too many unprincipled people that can’t make decisions, because they want to wait and see how they are going to best benefit from their choices.
A “Principled Person” – someone who is governed by their principles, will make their decisions based on their principles, not on what they stand to gain.
For example, If you were offered a job in another city for a better salary, but you weren’t sure if there was a really good church there for you to join and serve God – would you still move there?
If you were offered a raise, but it meant you had to work on Sundays ad miss church, would you take it? A principled person would not choose based on personal gain, but on right or wrong.
4. A Lack of Purpose causes Indecision
If you don’t see your purpose as pleasing the Lord, fearing the Lord, and obeying his commandments, then you have mistaken your purpose, and will be misguided by your carnal mind.
God created you for a purpose, but if you reject that purpose, and try to invent your own purpose, you are headed for a fall.
Matthew 7:24–27 “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
Purpose is the fuel that keeps you moving forward for the Lord.
If you lose, or confuse your purpose in life – you will become aimless and disoriented in this world, and indecisive about God’s will for you life.
So with all of that said, have faith, have convictions, have principles, have purpose….Then, for Heaven’s sake, make up your mind, a get after it!!! AMEN?