“For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity.” Proverbs 2: 6-7 (ESV)
Everyone has choices to make. There are some choices that are daily decisions, such as what to wear, what’s for lunch, and who we want to have lunch with. Then there are the life changing decisions, the ones that can make or break us if we choose unwisely, such as buying a house or new car, or a career change, or even getting married.
But even the big decisions, or choices, do not have to be horrendously difficult. Seeking wise counsel is the best way to go. There are many who can share that with us–parents and family, friends, associates in business, even our pastors and, in many cases, the pastors wives!
But the very best place, the most dependable place, and the most important place, is wherever we find God. He alone knows all, and He alone cares so much for us that He would never give us advice that would bring us or our families to harm. The others who offer wise counsel are those He has put in our lives. That is what He does. He will counsel us, and then He will surround us with those He has chosen to provide us with wise human counsel as well.
God has wisdom available for every person who asks it of Him. We can avail ourselves of the greatest knowledge and strength of purpose from the only One who has them–God Himself.
Often, when we face a difficult decision, or think about a choice we want to make but are not sure of, we will do our research, find out everything we can about the subject, and then run to a friend or acquaintance, and ask for advice. But is that how we should begin our journey of making choices? Of weighing the consequences of a quick decision? Of taking a chance of making a mistake that could ultimately last a life-time?
Jesus told us to come to Him. Yes, in all things. Not just when we are weary, not only when we are tired of the battle, not only when we need true rest–but when we need His help, His advice, His wisdom. He wants us to come to Him. He opens His loving arms wide and takes us under the shelter of His love, and His blood, and in His grace He provides exactly what we need.
Go to Him, first! Read His Word, all about wisdom, which you will find in both the Old and New Testaments. Psalms and Proverbs are storehouses filled with treasures of wisdom, to aid in making choices. If we will take wisdom and counsel from Jesus, hope will never leave us.
Jesus is Our Hope. Because He is, we need never make a decision that will harm us. We do not have to flounder through life making choices that get us nowhere. Ask Him. He will tell you. But you must know Him, be close to Him, that you may recognize His voice, and His alone. The enemy will often disguise himself, and speak words to make the choices we want to make, knowing full well that we will suffer. Jesus will never do that. We are His own. He will care for us always. He is Our Hope!
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
When did you desperately need wisdom concerning a choice? Did you ask God, or man, and what was your outcome? Please post a comment here describing your experience!