Written by: Tim Wood

Whether it is a big decision or a small one, wise decisions are desirable in our lives. The Bible offers us solid counsel to make wise decisions. 

1) Be prayerfully open to God’s leadership. The Psalmist prayed, “Show me your ways O Lord, teach me your path.” God will show His ways if we are open to his guidance. God will teach us His path if we are open to his leadership. Are you prayerfully inviting the Lord to lead you? This prayerful invitation will prevent premature decisions. It will clarify your priorities and prepare your life to hear his counsel. “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” (Psalm 37:23). 

2) Do the research. Get as many facts as you can before you make a decision. “Anyone who answers without listening is foolish and confused” (Proverbs 18:13). Remember God’s word is the best counsel. “Your commands are my constant guide” (Psalm 119:98). 

3) Get advice from trusted friends. “Fools think their own way is right, but the wise listen to others” (Proverbs 12:15).   

4) Be open to new ideas. Don’t get trapped in an old mind set. “Intelligent people are always ready to learn. Their ears are open to knowledge” (Proverbs 18:15 NLT). Clinging to the familiar can be crippling. God may choose to lead you along a new path of fresh insight.

So breathe deeply, seek His wisdom and open your mind to receive it.