Wisdom and Discernment

Proverbs 9:10 Tells us that ” The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

Why?

SImply put, it’s because we are not God and do not know everything as we discussed in yesterday’s post. To the degree that we lack understanding, we are prone to making incorrect judgements. And since we know alot less than we think, when we make judgement calls based on our own understanding, we are more prone to error. Our pride of course will tell us it’s ok because we “believe” something but that judgement should be weighed out against the Truth of God’s Word and Godly principles.

This is where the statement “Truth goes beyond facts.” comes from. I may be making a judgement call or decision based on facts that I can observe, but there may well be other factors that I cannot see that change everything.

So how do I go about this. David for example said, “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.” When the word of God is centered in your heart as your internal compass, you have much more of tendency to take other things into consider all sides of an issue. Where if we did not, we may easily make a faulty choice or judgement call.

There are a few principles that will help you when you put them into practice.

  1. Accountability: Seeking advice BEFORE you make a choice or decision, not after.
  2. Taking every thought captive to God’s Truth.
  3. Not letting your emotions make decisions for you.
  4. Not making “snap” judgements or impulsive decisions
  5. Is your heart right? Am I judging or retaliatory, or simply want to have my own way?
  6. Is pride and ego driving my decision making?
  7. Leaders make decisions based on all information and more. Have you patiently gathered all the information about something to be able to judge clearly?
  8. Is it my place to make the judgement or decision, or someone else’s?

Practice these principles and more in all your affairs. Be intentional about acquiring wisdom.

Proverbs 4:7 Living Bible (TLB)

Acquiring wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And with your wisdom, develop common sense and good judgment.

BH

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