December 16, 2016

Wise Decision Making

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – December 16, 2016

This calls for a mind with wisdom. Revelation 17:9

Wise decision making is not accidental, but intentional. There is a humble understanding of the need for the Lord’s insightful solutions to very serious issues. Wisdom comes over time to those whose priority is wisdom hunting. Like a patient outdoorsman who looks for the best time and place to bag game, so seekers of wisdom are always in search for scriptural trophies of truth.

Wise decision making works for humble seekers.Wise-decision making is necessary for a life that leverages the Lord’s favor. The Almighty is on the lookout for those who align themselves with His agenda. He is wisdom—He offers wisdom—He blesses wisdom. So, wise are we to daily look to God for His game plan. We especially need wisdom when we have conflicting conclusions to consider. Are you facing a dilemma that’s life or death? If so, ask Jesus, what’s the wise thing to do?

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17-18

What if someone decides for you without collaborating with you? Will you decide to respond in humble confrontation or drift away as a victim? Sometimes the unwise choices of a boss or parent produce a crisis that is out of your control. It could be a compromise of character in a business deal or an addictive personality that produced severe problems. Wherever you find yourself, you can find wisdom to work through your turmoil. Or, if your options are outcomes from success, Holy Scripture can give you insight into excellent financial stewardship.

Your best decisions are made when the emotional short-term pressures are submissive to the long-term objective realities. Hence, make sure to submit any of your fears to faith. Greed will give way to generosity and discontentment is overcome by gratitude. And impulsiveness is put on pause with patience. Are the choices you face today focused exclusively on your needs or are you motivated by something much bigger than yourself? Wise decision-making requires a proven process that flushes out impure motives with the filter of good questions. Seek the Lord for clarity and confusion will melt away by insights from the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16) and His wise counselors.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I seek first Your wisdom on what I need to do, speak through Your Word to my heart.

Application

What decision making process can I follow to increase the probability of the best decisions?

Related Reading

1 Kings 3:9, 27-28; Daniel 1:17; Matthew 7:7; James 3:13

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