Do you need discernment about an important situation or decision?
I sure do.
Discernment is the ability to judge well. To perceive the heart of a matter. Practically speaking, discernment sees through superficial appearance. It evaluates or judges accurately.
Discernment grasps what is obscure, not obvious, it “reads between the lines.”
There is also ”spiritual discernment” (1 Corinthians 2:6-16) which is insight into spiritual dynamics, the invisible clash between good and evil intentions. That’s a related but much deeper subject.
Wisdom is skillful application of knowledge, understanding and insight for optimal results. We need wisdom to make the best decisions.
Lack of wisdom is foolishness.
Wisdom foresees and anticipates the unintended consequences of decisions. The fruit of wisdom is usually peaceful, effective results.
Good Decisions Require Reflection
Wisdom and discernment require objective, calm, rational reflection. We have to get very honest about our motives and desires.
We have to release, or at least be aware of, the filters of our personal experiences. We have to get past our emotions and passions.
If the Lord is in a decision, we will have a peace and joy about it.
If the Lord is not in a decision, there will be a “check” in our spirit. Something in our intuition will not feel right.
Teach me your ways, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11
If we humble ourselves and ask God for wisdom, He will give it.
Wisdom is a gift of God’s grace. He responds to faith.
“But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
Question for you:
How do you get discernment? Are you seeking wisdom for something right now? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please share in the comments.
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