Seven C’s of Decision Making through the Sea of Life

Isaiah 30:21 – Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

To say that a person has “sailed the seven seas” means literally that the person has navigated all the seas of planet earth. Many times, however, the term is used figuratively to refer to a person who has traveled widely and has a wealth of experience. The term “seven C’s” in this lesson is just device to help us remember the means God uses to guide us when we make decisions in life. If we extend this figure of speech a little, we could say that just as a person who has sailed the seven seas knows how to navigate the oceans of the world, so the Christian who has used the “Seven C’s of biblical decision-making” knows how to navigate the Sea of Life.

Navigating the Sea of Life should not be viewed as a “hit or miss” decision-making adventure for the Christian. While the Christian life can be very adventuresome and exciting, it should not be a “hope-for-the-best, luck-of-the-draw, or shot-in-the-dark” string of decisions. Every decision can be made with the confidence that God is in control of the ship. Although every person’s life consists of the sum total of innumerable big and little decisions (think about it!), Christians can be confident that God will help them make the right decisions. (See James 1:5-6.) Although some bad decisions will be made along the way (and some may be very bad!), let’s not get the idea that mistakes will cause us to be permanently cast adrift on the Sea of Life. When we realize and acknowledge our mistakes, and look to God, He will provide us with navigational aids so that proper course corrections for our lives can be attained.

Isaiah 30:21 is just one of many promises of navigational help that God has given us in His Word. This verse assures us that when we come to decisions concerning compass headings on the Sea of Life, the Lord will tell us which way to go: “This is the way; walk in it.” In the context of Isaiah 30, this promise is specifically directed to the nation of Israel who will return in faith and devotion to the Lord, but it can certainly be applied to Christians today. The Holy Spirit lives in us, and we have the promise that God will “never leave us nor forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5), so we can be assured that the Lord will guide us whether to “turn left or turn right” when it comes to decision-making! We may not literally hear the voice of the Lord speaking behind us, but we can be sure that God will not leave us “up for grabs” when it comes to the decisions we must make on the Sea of Life.

The “Seven C’s” are the means God uses to show us which way to turn in the decision-making process. Maybe we could call them navigational helps or aids for plotting our course and making course corrections on the Sea of Life. There is no “sacred sequence” to the Seven C’s. All of them are important, and we could start with any one of them in our description – just as we may start with any one of them in the decision-making process.

Before a captain sets out on sea he has to determine the “sea-worthiness” of his ship.  We, too, before we make a major decision in our life need to determine the “sea-worthiness” of our decision by asking ourselves a serious question.  It also requires an honest evaluation and bold response.

“Will this decision take me closer to God (ultimate destination) and enable me to fulfill my spiritual and family responsibilities as a spouse, parent, and church member?”  (see Dt. 6:7, Heb.10:24-25)

If your answer is “no”, the decision to sail on a “leaky ship” should be very evident that there is much at risk.  Every decision we make also effects those we have relationships with so caution should not be ignored.

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Psalm 119:33-40: Know And Experience God’s Transforming Power Through His Word    

We can speed up the process of our spiritual growth to maturity if, in prayer, we would be less occupied with circumstantial bliss and self-preservation and humbly cry to the Father to make us into the image of His Son.  We would turbo-charge the process if we added… obedience to His Word in all things.


V.33    “Teach me, O LORD, the way of Thy statutes, And I shall observe it to the end.
           “Teach me”.  This is a statement (and a position) of humility.  Are you on a humble learning curve with God, or do you have the Christian life all figured out?  If you’ve got God’s ways all figured out and in a neat little system, then you’ve got God in a box (your box) and His Spirit, who wants to sanctify you is probably quenched.  God’s ways are not our own and He will do things that we don’t expect in ways that we don’t expect.  Our mission needs to be to learn of His ways and commit to walking in them “to the end.”  If you have a hard time thinking of the “ways” of the Lord, just read the proverbs.  Do you have a question (about anything or any circumstance) or an issue that you are experiencing frustration about?   Pray this simple prayer asking God to teach you about that from His Word (assuming you are willing to read and study it).  And then tell Him, “God if you will teach me, I will obey what I learn.”  Watch God work powerfully in your life turning that area of frustration into blessing!

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Psalm 119:41-43

While the theme of the “ה” (pronounced “hey”) strophe emphasized the work of God in the life of the Believer through His Word; the theme of the “ו” (ponounced “vau” or “waw”) strophe emphasizes the work of the believer in response to the Word of God.

One very important point is that the “work” of God is prompted out of His lovingkindness toward us.  So also, the work of the believer in response to the Word of God is also prompted out of our love for God and His Word (Vv. 47-48).  God’s Work for us in salvation and in sanctification is a “grace” (gift) towards us.  Our work for God is a “grace” (thanksgiving) back toward Him (I Jn. 4:19; 5:3).

V.41    “May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me…according to Your word” The chief vessel of God’s grace (Lovingkindness and salvation) is His Word.  The world we live in is under enemy control; its cosmic system appeals totally to the senses (or our fleshly nature).  Deliverance comes when we walk by faith, trusting the Word of God.  Here, in submission to God by faith in His Word, we circumvent the ways and means of the enemy.  When we’re filled with the Holy Spirit (walking by faith and not by sight), we are continually supplied with His: protection, provision, comfort, guidance, wisdom, equipping for battle etc.  God’s Word is the one power source for the believer that Satan cannot corrupt or influence.  God has preserved it and provided it for us; and when we hide it in our hearts we are under its continual blessing no matter what spiritual battles we may face.

Run hard, He’s worth the effort

Before you engage this devotion, pause for a moment in humility; pray and ask the Lord to open your heart to His Word.

The next strophe or (stanza) in our study of Psalm 119 is the daleth (Heb. ד), strophe.  Daleth is the fourth letter in Hebrew alphabet and each of the next eight lines of this strophe begin with the letter Daleth (Vv. 25-32).  The theme is the way of God vs. the way of man.  The Psalm begs the question… are we going to walk in God’s way or ours?  If we cleave to His way through His Word, we’ll experience the divine joy and strength that this world could never bring.  If we cling to our ways, we will experience depression, weakness, failure and sorrow – guaranteed. We cannot sow to the flesh and reap God’s blessing (Gal. 6:7-8).

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