Do you consider yourself wise? Do you want to be wise? Do you look up to those who you consider to be wise? Or, do you not think about being wise at all? Do you simply make snap decisions without considering whether it is good or bad?
We all know someone who has made foolish decisions. In fact, we likely have made a few of those ourselves. Unfortunately, we likely know someone who continues to make foolish decisions over and over. We see them continue down a road to destruction. We may have attempted to help them to no avail.
Making wise decisions requires us to seek wisdom. It requires us to spend time thinking, considering the potential outcomes based on what our decision is. Often a decision will provide a short-term fulfillment of pleasure but is a long-term step toward destruction.
For example, we can forget our troubles for a few hours with drugs or alcohol. We are temporarily relieved of our pain and feel some bit of joy. Yet, when the effects of the drugs or alcohol wear off, we are faced with the reality of our lives once again. If we continue to abuse them, we destroy our lives and severely affect those around us, those we say we love.
Unfortunately, the example above is an obvious, but destructive decisions occur in numerous situations and often follow the same pattern. We simply fail to recognize them because they are not as obvious as the example. Why do we find ourselves somewhere down the road of our lives in bad situations?
Our lives are made up of decision upon decision. Too often, we don’t make wise decisions due to our failure to consider the potential outcomes and seeking short-term gain over long-term prosperity. We have been blessed with the ability to think. We have been blessed with the ability to gain wisdom. True wisdom comes from God, from following His guidance and instruction. When we gain and use the wisdom God is willing to give us, our lives become exponentially better. Our bodies and minds will be better off when we seek God’s wisdom.
I pray we all seek to gain the wisdom God is willing to provide. I pray we take time to consider the potential outcomes of our decisions. I pray each one of us use the blessing God has already provided us to think before we act and speak. Seek God’s wisdom. Use the blessing God has given you. Make wise decisions. Make your life better.
Proverbs 8:32-33, 35
“Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it. …
For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.”