“ Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.” When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king inawe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice.” I Kings 3:27-28
Wise decision-making is not accidental, but intentional. There is a humble understanding of the need for the Lord’s insightful solutions to very serious issues. Wisdom comes over time to those whose priority is wisdom hunting. Like a patient outdoorsman who looks for the best time and place to bag game, so seekers of wisdom are always in search for scriptural trophies of truth. Wise-decision making works for humble seekers.
Wise-decision making is necessary for a life that leverages the Lord’s favor. The Almighty is on the look out for those who align themselves with His agenda. He is wisdom—He offers wisdom—He blesses wisdom. So, wise are we to daily look to God for His game plan. We especially need wisdom when we have conflicting conclusions to consider. Are you facing a dilemma that’s life or death? If so, ask Jesus, what’s the wise thing to do?
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:17-18
What if someone decides for you? Will you decide to respond in humble determination or drift away as a victim? Sometimes the unwise choices of a boss or parent produces a crisis that is out of your control. It could be a compromise of character in a business deal or an addictive personality that produced severe problems. Wherever you find yourself, you can find wisdom to work through your turmoil. Or, if your options are outcomes from success, Holy Scripture can give you insight into excellent financial stewardship.
Furthermore, your best decisions are made when the emotional short-term pressures are submissive to the long-term objective realities. Hence, fear submits to faith. Greed submits to generosity. Discontentment submits to gratitude. Impulsiveness submits to patience. Are the choices you face today focused exclusively on your needs or are you motivated by something much bigger than yourself? Wisdom asks God for clarity.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5
Prayer: Heavenly father, I seek You for wisdom and discernment to do Your will.
Related Readings: 1 Kings 3:9; Daniel 1:17; Matthew 7:7; James 3:13