by Dan Lentz
1. When making a decision, do you act quickly and decisively, or slowly and deliberately? Regardless of your decision making style, give an example when a decision has turned out well for you.
Read Judges 3:15-25, 29, 30.
2. Consider some of the decisions made in this passage:
• Israel’s decision to cry out to the Lord for help.
• Ehud’s decision to confront King Eglon of Moab.
• King Eglon’s decision to send his attendants out of the room.
• The attendants’ decision not to go back into the room sooner.
3. What motivated each decision? Which decisions appear to be motivated by long-term noble outcomes and which appear to be motivated by short-term gratification?
4. Based on this passage, what motivations should we keep in focus in our decision-making processes?
5. What decisions are you wrestling with today that will have long-term consequences in your life and others’ lives?
6. Spend your prayer time crying out to the Lord for wisdom in all your decisions. Pray for one another in your small group. Pray for your church leaders. Pray for the leaders of your local, state, and national governments. Be specific and decisive with your requests.
T. Daniel Lentz works for the Small Group Network in Whitestown, Indiana.