Wisdom and Decision-Making

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Have you ever wondered if you’re making the right decision? When you’re choosing between two good things and there is no sin involved, how do you know what to do?

This summer, our family is moving from Georgia to Texas for my husband’s new job. Big life changes like these are inevitably followed by a stream of decisions. Some seem insignificant, like, “Should we keep this coffee table or sell it and buy a new one in Waco?” Other decisions are a little more impactful, such as “Which part of town should we live in?” or “Should we buy our first house immediately or rent for a couple of years?” Big choices can be paralyzing for a perfectionist like me!

As nice as it would be, God has not audibly answered any of our questions. But He is not silent; He has given believers wisdom through His Spirit and His Word so that we can make the best decisions possible with the information we have.

For example, the Bible does not say, “Mark & Emily, you should buy your first home now.” But it does say in Proverbs 11:14 that, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” We can apply that verse to our decision by asking counsel from godly people who have much more knowledge and experience than we have.

Another example would be, “Which church should we be a part of?” While God probably will not audibly speak the name of our new church home, He does make it clear in His Word that we are to be part of a local church (Hebrews 10:24-25). He also give guidelines for what a healthy, biblical church looks like throughout Paul’s letters in the New Testament. As we prayerfully gain wisdom from Scripture about the local church, we can use that as a filter when we decide where to invest our family.

Wisdom seems elusive sometimes, as if God is hiding it from us. The enemy would like for us to believe that, but according to Proverbs 8:1-11 the opposite is true:

Does not wisdom call,

And understanding lift up her voice?

On top of the heights beside the way,

Where the paths meet, she takes her stand;

Beside the gates, at the opening to the city,

At the entrance of the doors, she cries out:

“To you, O men, I call,

And my voice is to the sons of men.

“O naive ones, understand prudence;

And, O fools, understand wisdom.

“Listen, for I will speak noble things;

And the opening of my lips will reveal right things.

“For my mouth will utter truth;

And wickedness is an abomination to my lips.

“All the utterances of my mouth are in righteousness;

There is nothing crooked or perverted in them.

“They are all straightforward to him who understands,

And right to those who find knowledge.

“Take my instruction and not silver,

And knowledge rather than choicest gold.

“For wisdom is better than jewels;

And all desirable things cannot compare with her.

If we were to go back and mark every reference to “speak” and “utterances” and their synonyms in this passage, we would learn that wisdom is not silent. She is actively seeking and crying out! In any decision, whether significant or not, believers have the treasure of God’s Word and His indwelling Spirit to give us wisdom. I am so thankful that we are not left alone in our decision-making!

Emily

Emily Kelly lives in Athens, GA with her awesome  husband, where she is on staff with the college ministry of Watkinsville First Baptist Church.

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