Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.
Decisions, decisions, decisions. More and more our lives are filled with decisions. We’re asked to make choices on just about everything, I am not afraid of decisions. They’re a necessary part of life. But some decisions we make have both a natural and spiritual consequence. Did you know that every decision we make has a consequence? It does. And our decisions don’t only affect just us, but often times affect others as well.
True wisdom may bring material reward but its value far exceeds earthly riches. To those who receive it, it opens a path to life and security and equips us for leadership and right conduct. There are many benefits to true wisdom. True wisdom is priceless. “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” (Psalm 4:7 NKJV) True wisdom leads to life. “The way of life winds upward for the wise, that he may turn away from hell below.” (Proverbs 15:24 NKJV) True wisdom brings prosperity. “Riches and honor are with me, enduring riches and righteousness.” (Proverbs 8:18 NKJV) And true wisdom gives us security. “But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil.” (Proverbs 1:33 NKJV)
God is the essence of truth and this quality should be reflected in the character of his children. Falsehood is condemned in Scripture, but truth is praised and advocated. God takes pleasure in truth and honesty, which are marks of an upright person. And truth originates from God. “Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me; let them bring me to Your holy hill and to Your tabernacle.” (Psalm 43”3 NKJV) So true wisdom is the truth that is found in God. And fellowship and relationship with God is the starting point to receiving and understanding what is the truth.
When I’m having to make a decision or make a choice, I want to know that the basis of that decision or choice is grounded in absolute truth. I don’t want to take “my best shot” at it. I want to know details and I want to study the results of my decision or choice. Now, I don’t delve too deeply into study for the simple decisions and choices I make every day. Those decisions are given to common sense and my relationship with God. He guides my way. But the difficult or tough decisions and choices are given to God and what His Word says about it. I relinquish those decisions or choices to God and wait to hear from Him. And I start by prayer.
Prayer offers us a means of acknowledging the character and purposes of God and the opportunity to seek guidance concerning His will for us. The direction of prayer is always upward toward God and is in cooperation in response to God’s will and purpose. I desire to be where God is and to do God’s will so that His purpose is completed in me. “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[a] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:7-8 NKJV)
Friend, truth comes from God and we can be assured that when we seek God for help with the decisions and choices we make, His truth will never fail us. The wise listen to instruction. “A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel”. (Proverbs 1:5 NKJV) Finding time each day to seek Godly wisdom in prayer and conversation with God is time well spent. God’s Word is a road map, laid out for us to follow. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalm 119:105 KJV) Seeking God and following His Word is our best course of action when decisions and choices come. Remember, decisions and choices will never end. We’ll have to make them every day. Let’s choose wisely.
Dear God, thank You that You give us wisdom liberally. Thank You that we can come to You in prayer and conversation to seek Your will and way for our lives. Sometimes, God, we make the wrong choice. Sometimes our decision leads us into even more trouble. Forgive us, God, when we seek our own ways. Guide and direct us in Your will and help us stay on the path that You have given us to follow. May You be glorified in everything we do. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!