God has taught me so much just thinking through the issue of WISDOM while studying the life and kingship of Solomon in 1 Kings 1- 4. I’ve learned that wisdom is not just knowledge, but it is using knowledge for the glory of God. Proverbs speaks of wisdom as a way of life (Prov 14:12). Proverbs speaks of wisdom as a person (Proverbs 1, 30). I’ve learned that God made the Person, Jesus Christ, our wisdom as He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6 and 1 Corinthians 1:30). This means that Solomon is not the wisest king in the Bible…Jesus is!
So as our teens wish to glorify, serve, honor, and worship King Jesus with their lives, they have some serious choices to think through. Relatoinships, colleges, friendships, jobs, sports, and many other opportunities cloud their minds with confusing choices that will make a difference in their life for Christ. So when thinking through all this, here are six questions for students to pray and think through when tough decisions arise.
1. God, will you give me wisdom? (James 1:5) God is the giver of wisdom and He has asked that we request it from Him.
2. What do the Scriptures say? (2 Timothy 3:15-17) God does not ask us to ONLY pray through everything, but He has given us His Scriptures to make us wise to live life in wise ways as we continue to pray.
3. Which decision will glorify Jesus most in my life and in the life of others? (Philippians 2:9-11) God is most glorified when we worship and live for Jesus.
4. What will my decision mean for my personal future and the future of others? (Proverbs 3:5-6) Just as God has a will and plan of His own that directs the future, He has created us in His imagine so that we too should consider the outcome of our futures concerning the choices we make.
5. What do my authorities tell me? (Hebrews 13:17) God has placed spiritual authorities in your life, and He has given them wisdom to help you. These are people like your parents, your pastors, your small group leaders, your mentors, and other more spiritually mature people than you who know Christ and His Word.
6. God, will You specifically tell me what to do? (Eph 3:20) God may not tell us specifically what to do in all situations, but He certainly does in some or many situations. We should never shy away from asking an all sovereign and still personal God exactly what we should specifically do in every situation of our lives.