Sometimes There Is A Wiser Decision
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. A foolish decision is always the wrong decision (Proverbs 19:3).
1. Some decisions of wisdom are clearly a choice of right or wrong (Matthew 25:1-13).
2. This lesson is not intended to at all imply or downplay the need to be wise (Ephesians 5:17).
B. Having said all of that, wisdom is a growth process (Proverbs 1:1-5).
1. A wise individual can increase in wisdom (Proverbs 9:9).
2. We just have to make sure our source of gaining wisdom is right (Psalms 19:7 and I Corinthians 3:18-19).
II. Body: Using Wisdom (Proverbs 3:13-18) Wherein There Is A Choice of More Than One Right (i.e. Romans 14:14-21).
A. DonÕt marry was the wisest decision at a certain time (I Corinthians 7:6-8 and I Corinthians 7:27-40).
1. However, there was also wisdom in choosing to marry to avoid the temptation to commit fornication (I Corinthians 6:18-7:5 and I Corinthians 7:9).
2. Even though marriage was not wise because persecution, that didnÕt make marrying a sinful choice (Hebrews 13:4).
B. Give financial support was the wise decision (I Corinthians 9:11-14 and Philippians 4:11-17).
1. The Corinthians allowed Paul to rob other churches, where was the wisdom in their allowance of his choice (II Corinthians 11:8)?
2. Had they been wise, theyÕd consider what it meant not to be a burden (II Corinthians 12:13-15).
3. Though, it was not as though he had to take money from them especially if a lesson could have been taught through such a refusal (II Thessalonians 3:7-11).
C. Learn was the right choice (Luke 10:38-42).
1. Martha being hospitable wasnÕt wrong (I Peter 4:9).
2. The wisest choice though was to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn from Him (Matthew 11:28-30 and John 6:63).
D. Some applications for usÉ
1. Maybe it is lawful to go to a certain social gathering or entertainment function (I Corinthians 10:27), but because of potential temptations (I Corinthians 15:33 and I Peter 2:11) or mixed signals weÕd send (Philippians 2:14-16) it is unwise.
2. Maybe it is lawful to choose a certain job (Ephesians 4:28), but because of the potential demands of that job being a conflict (Matthew 6:33 and Colossians 3:1-4) or even the wrong motivation to work (Proverbs 23:4-5); that job may not be wise.
3. Maybe it is lawful to make a certain investment (Proverbs 21:20), but is it wise if that investment will lead us down dangerous roads (Ephesians 5:3-5)?
E. Consider then, how we should work to get wisdom (Proverbs 4:5-7).
1. Obviously, wisdom is found in the Scriptures (Colossians 3:16).
2. We can also find wisdom in wise counselors (Proverbs 11:14 and Acts 15:1-35).
3. You can also get wiser by being observant (Proverbs 21:11-12, Proverbs 24:30-34, and I Corinthians 10:1-12).
4. Just donÕt count on your own self-wisdom (Isaiah 5:21).
III. Conclusion: There are many benefits to wise decision-making (Proverbs 15:24, Proverbs 16:20, Proverbs 28:26, Colossians 4:5, and James 3:13-18).
© 2015 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager