All day long we are making choices and decisions, and most people try to make right decisions. Right, meaning that the results from the choice turns out well for us, and for those who are important to us. There was a prayer meeting at the church this morning at 7:00 am, so when the alarm went off at 6:00 am I thought, “there is no church services today so I think I will skip prayer and sleep in a bit, that will feel so nice”. But I didn’t, I got up, got ready and went to prayer. Why? I believe God listens when I pray and works in the affairs of life when I pray, so I chose accordingly.
I like to postpone making a decision about things as long as possible so I have plenty of time to think about it, and time to gather as much information as I can so that the odds of making a right decision are increased. I also like to anticipate future situations that I will be in so that I am mentally prepared to make a choice that is right when that situation does take place.
But sometimes life gets complicated, hectic, and full of turmoil and I am forced to make decisions quickly with a minimum of information. Wisdom is required to make right decisions quickly in the midst of a crisis. Wisdom is knowing what to do and what to say in any situation resulting in the best outcome possible.
Wisdom comes to those who seek it diligently, everyday, like gold silver, precious treasure. Almost everyone is lazy about seeking wisdom when times are relatively good, and then when the hectic, confusing times come and wisdom is needed to choose correctly, it is to late. When the pressure in life increases and decisions are required to be made quickly, if a person is short on wisdom the choices that they make are almost always foolish because the motive is to escape, find relief, and make things better.
Today we don’t know what the situation will be like tomorrow. We don’t know whether things are going to get better or worse. In these kinds of situations those with wisdom are calm and secure, and those without it tend to panic. In times like now I resolve to increase my diligence and faithfulness to the discipline of being a wisdom seeker, a life long learner. God gives wisdom to those who read His Word faithfully, to those who are continually seeking wisdom by getting counsel from those who have wisdom, and who are humble enough to recognize they always need more wisdom than they presently have.