Andy Stanley has long said the best question ever when you’re trying to make a decision is: “What’s the wise thing to do?” I have used this over and over personally, and it’s a great question to ask in any situation you’re facing. It’s a great question to teach your children to ask!
If you want to know how to become wise, Psalm 111:10 TEV states: The way to become wise is to honor the LORD; he gives sound judgment to all who obey his commands. He is to be praised forever.
You’ll start becoming wise when you start honoring God in your decisions. In addition, if you want to have sound judgment – you need to obey His commands. By the way, if you want your children to make sound judgments – you need to teach them by example – to obey God’s Word.
One of the passages I review often and trust to guide my life is Proverbs 4. Verses 23-27 are such a great reminder to: a) be careful what I allow into my heart & mind becasue this impacts every area of life, b) make sure my speech is pleasing to God – no lies, no gossip, no perversity etc, c) keep my eyes focused on things that don’t distract me from God & God’s desire for my life – so I need to be careful what I watch, and d) keep my focus on God’s path for my life and don’t allow my feet to take me anywhere God doesn’t want me to go. Do I ever blow it? Yes, but the Word of God is still the guide for my life & Jesus is my plumb line. I’m so grateful that even when I mess up, I can confess it, get up and get back on track (1 John 1:9, Prov. 24:16).
Prov 4:23-27 NASB: 23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put devious lips far from you. 25 Let your eyes look directly ahead, And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. 26 Watch the path of your feet,
And all your ways will be established. 27 Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.