Several years ago I decided to try my hand at refereeing basketball games. All three of my children played basketball (starting at age 5 and continuing through high school). So, I did have a little knowledge of the game. I was the parent who was always questioning the judgment call of the referee. The first thing that I did after becoming an official was to apologize to the other officials in the chapter for being that parent. Now after three years of being an official, I realize it’s all about split second judgment (trusting what you see and processing it quickly). Was it a foul (or not), and did one player gain an advantage by his actions (or not)? Judgment as a referee or in your daily life as a Christian is critical in making the right call.
The Webster dictionary defines judgment as: “The process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing; an opinion or estimate so formed; the capacity for judging; a proposition stating something believed or asserted.”
The truth is that in every situation, someone uses judgment daily in their decision making process. People often evaluate whether your judgment was good or bad. So, who should we listen to? Who gets to decide whether our judgment was good or bad? The answer comes when you look to God for the solution.
I came across these four key points in making decisions that embrace God.
1) Let God be God. Turn the control over to the one who is much more qualified in making decisions in your life. Proverbs 16 tells us, “We can make our own plans but the Lord gives the right answer.”
2) Study the word of God. To trust someone, you have to get to know him. By knowing Him, your decision making process will be altered with a different point of view. We read in 2 Timothy 2:15,
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of God.”
3) Surround yourself with people who have shown good judgment. Take advantage of brothers and sisters in Christ who have lived through their mistakes and have grown from it. “Follow my example, as I have followed the example of Christ” as stated in 1ST Corinthians 11:1.
4) Never give up. Little by little as you gain wisdom from God’s word, you will begin to see the results reflected in your decision. It takes time to develop good judgment, but once you make the commitment to let God be the key part in your life, you will see the results of good judgment.
Let God be the “Judge” in your life and start seeing good results from good judgment.