Poor Decisions

It has been wisely said, “Decisions are like wild horses on which history often leaps to be carried sometimes for a long and wild ride.”

This was proven true in the year 1919, in the month of February.

The place was France, and the Big Four, Lloyd George, Clemenceau, Wilson, and Orlando wrestled for months over the problem of “peace” after World War I. They were deciding what to do with Russia, and Lenin, who had risen to power less than two years before. Lewis Straus recorded what happened.

While the Big Four were wrestling with the question of Russia, a courageous young member of the British war cabinet made a fast trip to France to plead with the Big Four. Meeting with them, Straus wrote,

“He practically demanded an invasion of Russia by the Allies.”

But his advice was ignored, believing he did not know enough about the situation. He went back to England, with his advice rejected.

His name was Winston Churchill.

The decision was made that nothing would be done about Lenin, or the Communists in Russia.

Due to this, the history of the 20th century took a flying leap upon a wild horse that raced with fury over the years, still affecting lives today. Such is the price of poor decisions.

Proverbs 5:21 states, “For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths.”

“Ponder” means “to make level.” The Lord will ponder our ways, and help our paths become just and even. It means “to weigh, as in a pair of balances made level.”

God will help us weigh our actions and thought life, so we will not make the wrong decisions.

The ancients hold that this root is used in a phrase to mean a steel-yard. What God thinks is the measuring stick for all of our decisions.

“Poor decisions and their natural consequences are our doing, not God’s” (Ray Reed).

Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center

 

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