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3 Decision-Making Don'ts Every Wise Person Should Avoid

What dress will I wear on my special day?

Should I have kids?

What color will I dye my hair when I get old?

Guys don't think I left you out. It's just obvious that once you are married the only decision you have to make is what tone you will be saying "yes dear" in.

Seriously though, life is filled with decisions. Some as small as what will you wear the next day, to some as serious as deciding how to amend a broken family relationship. But with every decision comes one question, "How will you make it?" Will you be wise or foolish?

As Pastor Aaron covered this past weekend in the latest part of the Wisdumb series, Proverbs lays out that we can either make wise decisions or stupidly foolish ones.The past few blogs have focused on what we should do, so let's flip the script and look and the 3 main things we should not do when making any type of decision. And yes, this includes making that midnight trip to McDonald's when nothing else is open...(don't do it.)

Cant' say I didn't warn you....Source: Sploid

1. Do Not Rely on Your Own Intuition

I know we hate to admit it, but deep down us humans really aren't that smart.

Yes we built computers, advanced civilization to selfie sticks, and can have a full conversation with our cell phones (see where this is going), but when it comes to decisions we have all fallen short once or twice.

Proverbs 3:5 tells us to trust in the Lord, but under no circumstance lean on our own understanding.

So before you take that big high paying job that the Lord is "calling you to take", open your Bible and speak with the Lord to see if He really wants you to sacrifice time with your family for a bigger paycheck.

2. Do Not Make Big Decisions in a Hurry

"And what will you be naming your beautiful baby bo...." "MAXIMUS!"

It's great if you are a Russell Crowe fan, but naming your child after a Roman prisoner gone warrior probably should take a bit more thought.

Now obviously this is an absurd example, but being hasty in your decision-making can leave us in some pretty bad places as humans.

Proverbs 19:2 warns us about being too quick with decisions, "Enthusiasm without knowledge is no good; haste makes mistakes."

So whether we are naming our first born or a "too good to be true" business deal like Pastor Aaron explained presents itself, pause and take a breather. Ask for the Lord's wisdom and proceed. Do anything else, and let the force be with you (which isn't a real thing, so you are better off praying.)

3. Do Not Neglect God's Wisdom

We are going to step outside of Proverbs and into James 1:5 for this one. The book tells us how easy it is to gain wisdom from God, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him."

Ask. It's really that simple.

The same way we ask God to show us a sign. The same way we ask for God to deliver us from a pickle. The same way we ask for our children's protection.

It's so easy for us to ask for things we think we need, but why is it so hard to ask for wisdom when it's just waiting there for us generously?

Stubbornness? Pride? Self-reliance? All of the above. But we can't use our human nature as an excuse.

No more neglecting God's wisdom in our decisions. Stop relying on ourselves and seek it with all your heart. 

You get the picture.


Encourage others by sharing how God helped you make an huge decision in the comments below.

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