Which Path?

Background Story: King David’s son, King Solomon wrote Proverbs as words of wisdom to his own son.

Read Proverbs 2: 2-11

Tune your ears to wisdom,
    and concentrate on understanding.
Cry out for insight,
    and ask for understanding.
Search for them as you would for silver;
    seek them like hidden treasures.
Then you will understand what it means to fear the Lord,
    and you will gain knowledge of God.
For the Lord grants wisdom!
    From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest.
    He is a shield to those who walk with integrity.
He guards the paths of the just
    and protects those who are faithful to him.

Then you will understand what is right, just, and fair,
    and you will find the right way to go.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart,
    and knowledge will fill you with joy.
11 Wise choices will watch over you.
    Understanding will keep you safe.

Big Idea: God grants wisdom to make life’s choices.

Life is full of decisions especially in the teen and young adult years. Which college should I attend? What major should I study? Should I date or one day marry this person? Faced with a decision, how do we know which way to go? How can we know God’s will in a situation? Most people don’t hear an audible voice telling you to go to a specific university. God often speaks to us through a few ways:

1- Prayer: Verse 3 says to, “cry out for insight and ask for understanding.” Instead of polling social media or asking Alexa, bring those questions and life choices to God in prayer asking Him for wisdom. Don’t stop praying but keep seeking God’s wisdom and direction “as you would silver.” (v4)

2- Bible: Verse 6 say, “from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.” The Bible is God’s word and His will and plan is never going to contradict what is written in the Bible. So if you’re wondering if you should rob a store, you will probably get a pretty clear answer by reading His word. 🙂

3- Common Sense: I love this translation that says that God, “grants a treasure of common sense.” We downplay common sense, but it can be your best friend when making a decision. Seek God in prayer and search the Bible. If no specific answer is visible, begin making your decision based on the choices before you and the common sense that God has granted you. God will also use the common sense of parents, youth pastors, and leaders that surround you to help you make these decisions.

4- Joy: Verse 10 says, ” knowledge will fill you with joy.” As you move forward in the direction you believe God is leading you, peace and joy will follow. If you still feel uneasy or unsettled, take a step back and go back to prayer. It is better to wait a little longer on God for His direction and peace.

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