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Experts offer these tips for making good decisions: Identify the outcome you want; gather as many facts as you can; brainstorm options and choose the ones that match your values, interests, and abilities; weigh the outcome of each; get feedback from people you trust; then make your decision and monitor the results. Ask God to guide you and help you make a wise decision. While some ancient kings of Israel made good decisions, others were foolish and led people to disastrous outcomes. The last four kings of Judah—Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoaichin, and Zedekiah—rejected advice from God’s prophets. These foolish kings made alliances with unreliable foreign nations. In rejecting God’s counsel from the prophets, they caused the nation to decline and 10,000 people went away into exile. A wise proverb says decisions determine destiny; so we should weigh our decisions carefully. We should rely on God who said in Psalm 32:8—“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with my eye on you”—if you are not stubborn like a horse or mule.

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