In many ways our degree of success in life correlates with our ability to make good decisions. Some decisions are simple, others more complicated, and a few demand great consideration because of their impact, for better or worse, on ourselves or others.
God understands all this and in Philippians 1:9-11 he says:
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.” (Emphasis added)
This passage reveals that the two keys to making better decisions in your life are: knowledge and depth of insight.
Knowledge used here refers to the precise and correct knowledge that comes from God’s Word. God’s Word conveys the truths of His creation and it is eternally relevant.
Many decisions can be made quickly when we choose to obey what is written in God’s Word. For example, should you knowingly give false information to your boss, co-workers, or customers? No. Should you lie on our resume? No. Should you steal company time or materials? No. Where God commands it will always in your best interest to obey.
However, many of the decisions you make are not so clear-cut, and these are the ones with the allusive answers. For example, should you accept a job promotion and transfer to another city? Or, if you have two good job offers in hand, which one should you take?
In these types of situations, a mature and biblically-based depth of insight will help you make the best decision. Depth of insight is synonymous with wisdom. It is the ability to use and apply your knowledge. Proverbs 16:16 says, “How much better to get wisdom than gold.”
God guides you by growing your depth of insight and making you wise.
Becoming wise requires time and a growing relationship with God, his people, and his Word. As believers we have a God-component to our earthbound decision making process.
Finally, the reward for yielding your decision making processes to God is: “the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God.”