May 31, 2017
WOFCF Bible Explosion
What Does the Bible Say About Decision Making – Lesson 1 of 2
We face decisions every day. How can we determine the best choices to make, especially in the big decisions and the ones that seemingly have no clear answer? It's interesting to consider the decisions Abram (later called Abraham) and Lot made in a conflict situation and the outcomes of those decisions. The story is told in Genesis 13:5-15. There's more to this story, of course. But it is interesting to note that God blessed Abram's generous decision for peace. Lot, on the other hand, did not see the spiritual danger he was putting his family in by choosing the fertile but corrupt area of Sodom.
Point #1 What is the starting point in finding wisdom?
The Bible is especially designed to help us make the most important decision, the decision to repent, change and follow Jesus Christ for the rest of our lives (Acts 2:38; 1 John 2:6). God tells us to put Him first, to obey Him, and therefore choose eternal life and blessings (Matthew 6:33; Deuteronomy 30:19-20).
All other decisions in life should contribute toward that ultimate decision and goal. We must avoid decisions that will detract from putting God and His righteousness first in our life.
But not every decision is a choice of good versus evil. Many of our daily decisions have multiple acceptable options. Some of our biggest decisions also have a variety of possible choices, like what career to pursue, who to marry and where to live. Thankfully, the Bible also gives us principles that can help us identify and choose the best options. Let's explore biblical wisdom to find some of those keys.
What is the starting point in finding wisdom?
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
So that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
When we understand how great God is and see how small we are, we will grow in a proper reverence and fear of God. That leads us to ask for His guidance and to study His Word to grow not just in knowledge but in understanding of the principles behind those facts. Meditating on and applying that biblical knowledge and understanding with God's Spirit leads to godly wisdom.
So we seek wisdom when we fear God, pray for His help and study His inspired Word to find principles that apply to the decisions we face.
Point #2 How else does the Bible tell us to seek wisdom?
Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Trusted experts and wise individuals can be a good source of advice. Other people may see our problem from a different angle than we would, allowing them to provide possible solutions we might not see.