Walking In Wisdom: Decisions and Discernment
Everyday we make decisions; some small, and some life changing. Having Godly discernment is key to making great decisions, even the little ones. Jess encourages us to do this by staying close to His word and praying regularly. Love this! N x
Many of the verses in Proverbs were written by King Solomon, who was world famous for his wisdom, especially in difficult situations. He was often consulted by his subjects and even foreign dignitaries, asking him to help them with all sorts of conundrums. (One of my personal favourites and one of the most well-known incidents is found in 1 Kings 3:16-28).
Life is full of difficult decisions and situations. Some aren't really important, although if you're like me every decision seems like it's the most important one of my life at the time. When Solomon first became king, he asked God for wisdom, presumably because he realised how hard it can be to know what the right thing is to do - something we can all relate to. What may seem like a safe path may not be, and we need God's wisdom to know the best way to go.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. (Proverbs 4:26-7)
But then there are some decisions that arise that impact our life, and in some cases our future.
One summer when I was young, my family and I went to the coast and I spent every day on the beach. We would arrive as the tide was going out and I had a good few hours to explore the rock pools that were dotted along the shore.
I spotted a cluster of pools ahead decided to go and have a look, wandering further away from my family. I was so wrapped up in exploring that I didn't notice the tide was coming in fast.
One minute I was happily peering into a rock pool at the weird and wonderful creatures that lived there, the next minute I realised I was stranded. The tide had cut off the path back to the main part of the beach, where my family was. The rocks were sharp and the water was quickly getting deeper.
I started to panic; I thought I was safe, but I wasn't and in that moment I was terrified. I started to cry and shout for help. After what felt like ages but was probably only a few minutes, my dad waded over to the rock where I was and lifted me up into his arms.
Now in my story, I made the choice to wander off - and whilst I had plenty of opportunities to turn back, I kept going until I couldn't get back to them. Each choice we make in life is another step down a path, the path to life or to death. In this Proverb it talks about how the path that leads to death seems right. Another place where this is mentioned is Matthew 7:13-14.
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14)
Often when it comes to making a choice we have to go against what the world, and all our friends, are telling us to do; seeking God and His will instead. It's hard sometimes to know what to do, but as we maintain a strong relationship with God, we can be comforted that His Spirit will guide us.
“How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word.” (Psalm 119:9)
Many verses in the Bible say that in order to stay on the right path, we must listen to and follow God's word. The more we study the Bible, the more in tune our spirit becomes to its teaching, the easier we will find it to know what decision is the right one. Joshua 1:8 says:
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
God didn't give us the Bible just so we could read about the people who walked close with Him, He gave it to us so we could follow in their footsteps and have a deeper relationship with Him by reading His word.
Finally, pray about it. Ask God to give you a gift of wisdom and discernment. You might even be reading this and thinking "I don't think I'm on the right path... I don't know how I got here and I don't know how to get back!"
But it isn't too late. Turn back to God, take a step towards him and, like the father in the story Jesus told about The Prodigal Son, He'll meet you where you are.
Jess is 22 and lives in Lancashire. After completing a Gap Year with YFC, she found a passion for working with children and young people. In her free time she enjoys writing. Jess volunteers in Kids Church and also helps out in the youth group at her church. She discovered More Precious at Soul Survivor and jumped at the opportunity to reach and equip girls in their faith and life.