Every human being makes decision in one way or another. Whether we like or not we are required to make decision in regard to our career, families, work, marriage, education, future etc. Decisions we make have both a positive and negative impact depending on the type, time and ground of decision making. That is why a large number of people today are suffering because of the decisions they made in their past.
During my postgraduate studies at the University one of our Lecturers taught us a topic on decision making with a subtopic of ‘decision making alternatives’. The subject was very powerful and since then he imparted some new skills to help me in my decision making process.
Despite the new skills added to me, practically it often didn’t work as I expected because of human limitations in decision making in himself, for its written ‘O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps’ (Jeremiah 10:23).
I therefore decided to study the subject from a precious book the Bible. It is from this book I discovered the whole truth on the subject of decision making. I learned that only through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, one can make decisions with an impact which is in accordance with God’s will and thus you will never regret in your life, be it ministry, marriage, career, leadership, business etc. Please allow me to share with you this truth in detail.
In Proverbs 8:1-4 it is written ‘Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: “To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man.
What is Wisdom? – Wisdom from the biblical perspective in a summary it means Jesus himself through his word. That is wisdom implies God’s knowledge or understanding that enables his people in making sound judgment, know how to act and therefore giving them ability to be wise in mind, word or act.
Why seek and use wisdom in decision making?
- The whole truth is in wisdom – In Proverbs 8:7 it is written ‘for my mouth will utter truth; wickedness is an abomination to my lips’ For wisdom to guide us in decision making, we have to pursue and accept the truth that has been revealed through him. Since he has and he knows the whole truth he will get you to know what is right from what is wrong.
The Bible says in Proverbs 8:6 ‘Hear, for I will speak noble things, and from my lips will come what is right‘. In Psalm 32:8 the Bible says ‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you’. On the other hand Proverbs 8:10 says ‘Take my instruction instead of silver, and knowledge rather than choice gold’. Finally in Deuteronomy 4:6 it says ‘Keep them and do them, for that will be your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples, who, when they hear all these statutes, will say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.
Therefore it is obvious that the truth of wisdom is hidden in the instructions, his word. Yes, it is his instructions that will lead or guide you in decision making. It is our responsibility to obey and follow his instructions for best decisions and choices in our life.
- He has all the qualities/requirements of being the best Adviser – Indeed He is the right person to help us in decision making. Listen to what the Bible says in Proverbs 8:22- 23 “The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.
That is to say be it experience, be it strength, be it knowledge, counsel, insight etc, it is in him (Jesus), and that is why we are also called to involve him in our decision making. Since the ruler and kings depend on him (Proverbs 8:15-16), why not you today? Give him chance, trust him, allow him to lead your life, he will not put you to shame nor fail you (Refer Proverbs 8:20, Proverbs 8:14).
Let us have a look of some Biblical examples on wisdom:
Joseph – The Bible says ‘Now you should choose some man with wisdom and insight and put him put him in charge of the country’(Genesis 41:33). This was Joseph advice to Pharaoh after interpreting his dream. He told the king the situation we are in and the one to come demands a man with wisdom, it is only God’s wisdom that will see us through what is ahead of us. You know what; his advice to the king made him both a prime minister of Egypt and blessings to a multitude of Nations.
Daniel – The Bible says‘To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter(Daniel 2:23). This is Daniel thanksgiving prayer after receiving God’s guidance through wisdom; it was wisdom that rescued Daniel and his friend from death. This means even today your situation is not a strange one, seek wisdom it will provide solution to your challenges.
Poor man’s wisdom – ‘There was a little city with few men in it, and a great king came against it and besieged it, building great siegeworks against it. But there was found in it a poor, wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city. Yet no one remembered that poor man. But I say that wisdom is better than might, though the poor man’s wisdom is despised and his words are not heard (Ecclesiastes 9:14-16). You see how powerful wisdom is, it was not by the strength of city army they were saved but by wisdom from the poor man.
Finally Brethren, Are you at the crossroads in terms of decision making in your marriage, career, business, family etc? Seek wisdom (Jesus) for he is there to help you. Making wise decisions, it demands a discipline of seeking wisdom for guidance. It is not just a matter of making decisions; it is a matter of making decisions that has a positive impact in your life and your loved ones. Personally I have proved that involving wisdom in decision making is the decision you won’t regret for sure.
… Raising up the foundations of many generations… (Isaiah 58:12)