Wise Decision Making (Proverbs 3)
Each one of us is faced with making decisions on a daily basis. Some decisions are much more important than others. Making wise decisions is an incredibly important skill to develop. God’s Word has a great deal to say about wise decision making.
What is a wise decision? A wise decision is a decision in keeping with God’s unique plan for your life. In other words, a wise decision will be aligned with God’s will. It goes without saying that wise people make wise decisions.
The book of Proverbs divides people up into two categories, the wise and the foolish. The wise are considered righteous and the foolish, wicked. Foolish people make foolish decisions, with unfortunate results.
Proverbs 3:33 (NIV) The LORD‘s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.
So, how can we minimize foolish decisions and grow in wisdom? Jesus tells us the difference between wise and foolish people in the following verses.
Matthew 7:24 (NIV) “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:26 (NIV) But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
So what Jesus is saying is that those who hear and obey Jesus’ words, the word of God, are wise. Whereas those who hear God’s Word, but do not obey or it put into practice are foolish. Wise decision making is therefore decisions that put the word of God into practice in your life. Foolish decision making ignores God’s Word and reaps the consequences. In Jesus’ story, a violent storm came and destroyed the house built on foolish decisions, whereas the house built on wise decision making stood firm.
In my message “Making Wise Decisions” we explore wise decision making based on the principles found in Proverbs 3.