Choices matter is a theme that has resurfaced lately. I say that it has resurfaced because it has always been true, and the Bible has much to say about how to make wise choices and the results of foolish ones.
One of the main things that we must guard against when making choices in our lives is thinking that one choice won’t make a difference. All choices have consequences that affect not only us but those around us. Proverbs 13:20 tells us, “Walk with the wise and become wise for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
Making wise decisions takes time. We must learn to think about more than the instant gratification that a hasty choice will give us, and we must consider more than our own selfish desires. “Desire without knowledge is not good, and whoever makes haste with his feet misses his way.” (Proverbs 19:2) Wisdom takes time, and it is a process to learn from our mistakes. God is the ultimate giver of wisdom, and he is willing to help us if we ask and take time to listen to his answer.
Seek godly counsel is also part of God’s plan to help us make the right choice. Sometimes we can’t see what we need to do for what we want to do. Seeking out a wise person can help clear our perspective and warn us against possible pitfalls. “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.” (Proverbs 12:15)
When we realize that we have made an unwise choice, we need to turn to God and get back on the path that he has for our lives. We need to pray for guidance as we deal with the consequences of our choice and as we try to make amends to those that we hurt.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) (NIV)