30 Days to Making Wiser Decisions

  • 30 Days to Making Wiser Decisions
30 Days to Making Wiser Decisions

This article is designed help you make wiser decisions. For the next 30 days read the questions, look up the verses, and allow them to spark deeper personal reflection and life change.

Every day of your life you are called on to make decisions. Some are minor while others are life changing. Your goal in any decision-making scenario should be to make the wisest decision possible. From Scripture we find instruction for making wise decisions.

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 10:31. Some decisions are easy because there are clear laws in the Bible. Other things aren’t so clear. What overarching principle is to guide your decisions?
  2. Read Proverbs 2:6. Why is it foundationally important to understand the Lord is the source of all wisdom needed for you to make wise decisions?
  3. According to 2 Timothy 3:16–17, where does wisdom come from? What effect does this have on you, your daily life, and your decisions?
  4. Read Psalm 119:105. “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” What effect on your decision-making does possessing an illuminated mind have?
  5. If God is the source of all wisdom, then He defines what is wise. In a world where many claim to be wise how will this truth ground and guide you?
  6. Wisdom is seeing life from God’s perspective. How does this provide a foundation of core values, eliminate unnecessary factors in decision-making, and simplify the process?
  7. Read Proverbs 3:5–6 and 9:10. How does the orientation of your heart relate to gaining wisdom from the Lord? What is the starting point and what does it entail?
  8. Read Proverbs 22:12. You want God to guide you in making wise decisions and having successful outcomes. What impact do your motivations have on this?
  9. Read James 1:5–7. God promises wisdom if you ask Him for it. What is the condition accompanying the promise of wisdom? What are you not to waver about?
  10. Wise decision-making requires you to define the decision. How will being able to accurately do this enable you to see the shape of the ideal solution better?
  11. Proverbs 13:20 says, “Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.“ What impact do your companions have on your decisions?
  12. Proverbs 27:17 says, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” What benefits are there in getting to know and associating with people who are wise?
  13. Read Proverbs 11:14. God says it is wise to have good counsellors when making big decisions. Why is it better to have the best counsel available versus mere Christian counsel?
  14. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many advisers bring success.” Does this mean the more counsel you get the better? Does the quality of the counsel matter?
  15. What criteria do you use when considering the qualifications of your advisors? What criteria should you use? Do you consider faith, education, or experience?
  16. Read Nehemiah 1:2. Often others have information you need in order to make wise decisions. How can you obtain this kind of information?
  17. Read Proverbs 14:15. Information can be gathered by hearsay, intuition, perception, and knowledge refined by analysis. How important is it to weigh the validity of the information by its source?
  18. What part do feelings and impressions play in your decision-making process? How does “You will always harvest what you plant,” (Galatians 6:7) relate to this?
  19. Proverbs 18:13 says, “Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish.” What can you do to make sure you take enough time to make wise decisions?
  20. To make a wise decision, it’s essential to ask the right questions. What key questions should you always ask in order to make a wise decision?
  21. Luke 14:28 says, “…don’t begin until you count the cost.” What are ways you can calculate the cost of a decision before you act?
  22. Proverbs 21:5 warns, “…hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” What needs to be considered before making a big decision?
  23. Making wise decisions also depends on knowing yourself. Why is it important to ask, “Does this decision fit with how God made and gifted me?”
  24. Read Proverbs 26:11. What wisdom do you glean when you consider your previous experience in related situations?
  25. Since you’re human, you have made unwise decisions in the past. What are some ways you can learn from them?
  26. Read Ephesians 5:16–17. How is asking, “Is now the best time or would waiting be better?” a key element of making wise decisions?
  27. Read Proverbs 25:26. Your decisions impact others for better or for worse. Why is it important to consider the impact of your decisions on your integrity or witness?
  28. Read Proverbs 3:5–6; James 4:13–16. What are ways you can commit the outcome of your decisions to the Lord and acknowledge His sovereignty?
  29. Proverbs 19:21 says, “You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.” In this light, what attitude should characterize all your decisions?
  30. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” What’s an appropriate response when your decisions succeed?