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Wisdom Says: Decide

by in Soul Food

“Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have understanding and power. By me kings reign and rulers make laws that are just; by me princes govern, and all nobles who rule on earth.” (Proverbs 8:14-16)

In her ongoing campaign to invite us to get to know her, Wisdom offers another benefit — making good decisions. She identifies one group constantly faced with the pressure of making tough choices: leaders. Specifically, national leaders must choose good laws, make difficult management decisions, and plan for and against war.

Another group comes to my mind: students. Maybe more than any other time of life, people in high school and college face big and little choices that carry giant, longlasting consequences. Will I go to college? If so, where? How will I pay for it? Should I get a job now? How many hours should I work? Do I have time to help out at church? Should I spend more or less time with my friends? Should I get involved in a serious dating relationship? Should I break up this relationship?

All those decisions can get overwhelming. Wisdom can help. She can give you the power of understanding and “sound judgement.” She can help you sort out all the options and zero in on the best ones. As the manager of your life, you need her in the same way kings and rulers do. Knowing her if often the difference between a great choice — and one you’ll regret.

Think: When faced with decisions, how do you look for wisdom? How has wisdom helped you? Where did you find it?

Pray: Ask God to help you look for — and find — wisdom for the next major decision you face.

Do: Read Proverbs 5.

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