She looked me straight in the eye to give me a stern warning
Reference: “When Hiram heard Solomon’s message, he was greatly pleased and said, “Praise be to the Lord today, for he has given David a wise son to rule over this great nation.”” 1 Kings 5:7 NIV
Explore: When doing some international travelling for work, I bumped into a young girl travelling on her own. She was coming home from a wonderful time exploring the sights of a number of countries.
While she was regaling me with stories of her experiences she looked me straight in the eye to give me a stern warning. If I ever went to this particular party island I mustn’t drink more than one beer as they were very big and seemed to have more than the normal percentage of alcohol in them.
On the outside I seriously accepted her advice, but on the inside I had a bit of a chuckle. The chance of me, a 37 year old married teetotaler with two dependants, ending up on a party island drinking beer was very slim!
Not only would my life choices not take me there, but the logic and wisdom I use to make decisions means I’m unlikely to find myself in precarious positions like this young girl did.
Application: The decisions we make are the result of the wisdom we hold. Don’t get me wrong, even the wisest person can still make poor choices, but they are less likely to due to the benefits they can see in their lives from making the right decisions.
When King Solomon started negotiating with neighbouring nations even they could see the benefits of his wisdom. His wise choices didn’t just bring him blessings but blessed his people as well as anyone he aligned with.
We can’t always make choices for other people, but we can concentrate on the decisions we make in the hope it brings us future blessing as well as blessing those around us.
Prayer: Grant me wisdom, Lord, so my decision making proclaims Your glory and favour. Amen.
When have your decisions impacted others?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.