Wise people never make important decisions in a wrong emotional state. When Elijah found out that Queen Jezebel was after him, he was ready to give up his role as a prophet and die. So God gave him forty days of rest, prayer, and recovery before he decided what his next steps would be. He was then ready to decide based on his faith in God, not his fear of Jezebel. And his decision was vastly different at the end of those forty days than it would have been before he rested.You’ve probably seen people make terrible decisions when they were drained, tired, discouraged, and afraid – decisions they would never have made otherwise. Generally speaking, you won’t choose the right course of action when you’re in the wrong frame of mind. When you have an important decision to make, sometimes the wisest thing you can do is wait until you’re rested. An anxious mind in an exhausted body can lead to terrible decisions.

The Bible says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV).

Notice what “the peace of God” does for you. It will “guard” your mind from acting impulsively, selfishly, or maliciously – from making decisions that will result in loss rather than gain, and regret rather than joy.

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