We all make decisions every day. Some are fairly simple, and some impact our lives for a long time to come. Who you are today is the result of decisions you have made in the past, and the decisions you make today will have a strong impact on the person you will be tomorrow. Making good decisions is something we all want to do. Wisdom is something we all need. How many older people say things like, “If I had only known then what I know now, I would have done things differently”? So how do we gain wisdom in order to make the best possible decisions? God’s Word is full of wisdom and as we read it and allow it to permeate our lives, it gives clarity to the decisions we make. God wants to give you wisdom!
2 Ch 1:10; Ecc 9:18; Pr 24:5, 16:16, 24:13-14, 4:7, 13:16, 21:20, 14:1, 12:15, 9:10; 13:20 Js 1:5; 1 Cor 15:33
Wisdom is supreme—so get wisdom. And whatever else you get, get understanding.
(Pr 4:7) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. (Pr 9:10) Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom. (Js 1:5) Walk with the wise and become wise for the companion of fools suffers harm. (Pr 13:20)
As Proverbs 9:10 states, wisdom starts when we fear the Lord. What? God’s gonna get you for that? No! That’s not what this “fear” is talking about. It is talking about respect, reverence, awe. The kind of fear that makes us want to please God! Too many people take God lightly. They dismiss God and He’s not a consideration in their decisions. He’s just the big guy in the sky…right? Wrong! He is the holy, powerful creator and sustainer of the universe. We must honor Him and make each decision in light of his approval. We also need to ask God for wisdom. James says that God wants to give us wisdom, so just ask. We should go through our days with a keen awareness of his presence and ask for his help along the way. “Lead me, Lord.” “Tell me what to do.” Help me respond to this situation in the right way.” Pursue God’s wisdom. And, wise people choose wise friends. Hang out with those who share your values and who are seeking God’s wisdom in their lives. Who you hang out with affects you; it spills into your life. Choose wisely.
Do you seek God when you have a decision to make? How big must the decision be in order to seek God’s wisdom? When have you made a bad decision because you didn’t take time to seek God? When have you made a great decision because you did seek God? How would you describe your “fear” of God? Do you ask God daily for wisdom? Do you feel you have grown in wisdom? If so, how? Have your friendships changed as you have grown closer to God?
Read God’s Word. Focus on wisdom books such as Proverbs, the Psalms, Job and Ecclesiastes. Ask God for guidance in your decision-making process. Ask God for wisdom. Associate with those who are also seeking God’s wisdom.
Father, guide me in my decision-making. Give me your wisdom as I read and study your Word. May my life and my decisions be pleasing to you. Guide me I pray, in Jesus Name, Amen.