When it comes to making a decision, after we go through the previously mentioned principles, we need to makes use of sound judgment. It is amazing how many people will ignore sound judgment simply because of a subjective experience. Sadly, people are deceived into thinking that subjective decision-making is spiritual. Don’t make decisions exclusively based on how you feel. Feelings are important, but we must not be deceived by them or be regulated by them. I’m sure if you think about it, you will see many times in your life where you knew something was right, but you just didn’t feel like doing it. Our feelings can be influenced by all sorts of things like not having enough sleep, eating unhealthy foods or simply being under stress. When it comes to making decisions, we need to make use of an informed mind.
For example, on one occasion the apostle Paul had an important message for the Elders of the Ephesian church. However, he was pressed for time, and he desired to be at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. So instead of going to them, we read that he “had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia” (). This was a decision that involved sound judgement. He knew that if he went into Ephesus he would be caught up saying farewell to many people (he had spent three years there), and furthermore, many of the citizens were not happy with him. So as to make the best use of time, he decided to sail past Ephesus.
16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia, for he was hastening to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.