“I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.” Proverbs 4:11
Making wise decisions is one of the more difficult tasks of life. Fortunately, the Bible gives us some guidance. Good decisions begin by discerning the will of God, which is revealed in two ways; the Holy Spirit (John 16:13, and the Bible (Psalm 119:105). The process of decision making includes making a judgment about an attitude or action. Decisions are an act of the will and are always influenced by the mind, emotions or both. The decisions we actually make reflect the desires of our heart (Psa. 119:30). Therefore, a key question to ask is: will I choose to please myself of God?
As we put our trust in God, we learn what decisions are pleasing to him, which ones he blesses: Those that he initiates and align with his word; those that accomplish his purpose and depend on his strength, those that result in his glory; those that reflect his character – promote justice, kindness and humility and those that come from faith.
God promises to give his children wisdom when they ask (James 1:5) and when we pray for wisdom, we must trust God to answer our prayer. Patience is also important, as we wait for God’s timing.
Practically speaking, wise decisions come when we: pray for guidance, get all the facts – because there is no contradiction between faith and facts, ask for advice, determine the alternatives, calculate the cost, weigh the consequences, prepare for problems and face your fears.
Where do you need God’s wisdom? How can you apply these principles to your problem or situation?