We have so many decisions to make in life. Prayerfully, they are made after prayer with God. We make decisions in our homes, every day. I have been given the awesome responsibility of making decisions for God’s people that I do not take lightly. Prayerfully, every decision I make comes out of time with God. There have been times when I decided to do something only to have God correct me and remind me that all decisions should be made only after time with him. There were also times when I made decisions outside of God’s will and I paid the price for that. Our decision-making should be with God. James 5:12 speaks of decision-making:
“Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’ Otherwise you will be condemned.”
James indicates that honesty is the essential policy. Let your yes be yes and your no, no. Do not fall under condemnation. Do not be wishy-washy. Be true to what you stand for and stand on. Before you take an oath, know that the writer is speaking about the truth. Be careful about the vows and oaths you make, particularly when God does not give them. This chapter speaks of character and faith, and putting God first in all that one does. Be careful about what you say and do. Talk to God first, before making any plans. Let Him lead you in every aspect of your life. You cannot go wrong when you consult the Master. He knows the way and He will guide us.