In this world today, many are ready to bombard you with their wisdom and knowledge on whatever issues that you are facing, from mental health, to how you should raise your children to whatever problems or challenges that you are facing. You can find them on all the social media platforms, each one giving their own opinions, each one telling you that their opinion is the most correct and the best. But how do we know that what they say is true or that by following what they say, all our problems and worries will disappear. How do we make wise decisions with the world shouting its opinion at us? We need to turn to the Bible and to the Source of wisdom.
Firstly, we pray and ask God for wisdom. The Bible says that wisdom comes from God. “For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding”. (Proverbs 2:5-7). So we ask God for wisdom because we know when we ask Him, He will give it to us generously as stated in James 1:5 (AMP) “If any of you lacks wisdom (to guide him through a decision or circumstance) he is to ask of (our benevolent) God, who gives to everyone generously without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him”. But we need to ask in faith without doubting that God will give it to us.
Secondly, we read and seek for wisdom from the Word of God. The Psalmist said in Psalm 119:97-99 that meditating on God’s law all day long made him wiser than his enemies, gave him more insight than all his teachers and more under-standing than all the elders. Not only did he meditate on God’s law, he obeyed them as well.
Lastly, we seek advice from godly friends, mentors and godly leaders that God has placed in our lives. As Proverbs 12:15 (ESV) reminds us “The way of the fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice”.
When we have prayed, sought wisdom from His Word and listened to advice given by godly friends, then we will be able to make wise and godly decisions. We can rest assured in this decision as Proverbs 1:32 (AMP) says “But whoever listen to me (Wisdom) will live securely in confident trust and will be at ease, without fear or dread of evil” . What a wonderful promise that we all need in this world filled with trouble!
Deacon Ryan Loveday