2014-04-12 - Making Choices
James 3:13 "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom." (NIV)
Wisdom is frequently defined as the knowledge to make the right choices at the right times. How do we apply wisdom to our daily lives? On a weekly basis, we make hundreds, if not, thousands of decisions. Sometimes we make decisions without even realizing that we have done so. Think back on your day. Look at all the choices you had to make. Then there are major life decisions that we make.
Where do we go for wisdom? We can look at the principles expressed in the Bible. We can also consider the lives of those mentioned in the Bible. David is just one of many possible examples. David chose to confront Goliath in battle, and with his slingshot killed the giant. Yet David also chose to have an affair with another man's wife, Bathsheba. He was punished for this bad decision. We can go to God in prayer, for help in making decisions. Jesus spent many hours in prayer with His Heavenly Father. Finally, we can seek the wise counsel of fellow believers. After Jesus' departure, the Disciples conferred on major decisions.
James tells us that we are to live our lives by performing deeds, done in humility. We should base the choices we make in life, on the principles of serving God and helping others. Jesus said that the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love our neighbors. When we do this, we use our wisdom to be a blessing to God and each other.
Richard Moser, Jr