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How To Make The Right Choices In Life

We need the wisdom of God in our lives. I’m not talking about just knowing the Bible backward and forward. Some of the most educated theologians can quote the Bible chapter and verse and recite the Greek and Hebrew meanings of words. Yet they still lack the wisdom of God. True wisdom is gaining God’s perspective through His Word and then applying that truth to life.

Until you can walk the talk, you have not gained wisdom. Life is not a straight path from birth to death. There are twists and turns, detours and mazes, mountains and valleys. But, as believers, we have the blessing of divine help in making the right choices in life. We have the guidance of “the wisdom of God” if we will seek it.

Proverbs 8:11 says that “wisdom is better than jewels; and all desirable things cannot compare with her.” According to Scripture, wisdom is more valuable than money, diamonds, career success, or fame! But tragically, what many call “the good life” often pulls them away from God and the right choices.

When we think we have it all together, God’s wisdom does not seem to be very valuable to us. Riches will not drive us deeper into God. Success doesn’t automatically prompt you to worship God. But when wisdom is applied to wealth, success, and relationships, we can keep focused on Christ so that all the good things in our lives can bring Him glory.

God holds wisdom in His hand and He has promised to give it to those who love Him: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Wisdom for life– divine insight into how to make the right choices– is within the reach of every believer. So just ask!

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions . . .

“Teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of
wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12 (NAS)

John Wooden, UCLA’s Hall of Fame basketball coach, said: “Too often we
get distracted by what’s outside our control.  The door to the past
has been shut and the key thrown away.  And you can’t do anything
about tomorrow; it is yet to come.  However, tomorrow is determined by
what you do today.  So make today a masterpiece.”

Two ingredients are necessary to do that: sound decision-making
ability and the discipline to follow through.  One is worthless
without the other.  Time is an equal opportunity employer, but how we
treat time is not equal.  For example, give a block of marble to the
average person and you end up with someone standing there with a block
of marble!  But put it into the hands of an expert sculptor and watch
what happens.  First, he decides what it’s capable of becoming.  Next,
he draws a plan.  Then, he practices the disciplines of his craft
until it’s transformed into a masterpiece.  How?  By recognizing and
releasing the potential within it.

Too many of us fail to acknowledge that our lack of success stems from
poor decision-making!  We make choices, experience negative
consequences and keep wondering why we can’t get ahead.  Others know
their choices are not good for them, but make them anyway.  That’s
like an alcoholic who continues to drink or the person who
intentionally engages in one bad relationship after another.  Nobody
said good decisions come easy, but they’re necessary to success.
That’s why David writes, “Teach us to number our days, that we may
present to You a heart of wisdom.”

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