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“Good judgment wins favor,  but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.”  Proverbs 13:15 NIV

Good judgement wins favor in your life.  But how do you have good judgement consistently?  We all make bad calls, unintentionally. We think what we’re doing is wise, but in the end it leads to our downfall.  One way I’ve learned to have good judgement is by relying on God’s guidance, not my own. I rely on what His word says when making a decision, instead of relying on my limited perspective.  God’s judgement is always good, but not necessarily easy to follow. To win favor in your life, let God help you make the call.

To have good favor in your life, let God help you make the call.

We, in our human nature, do not have the tools we need to make consistent good judgements.  We see from a very limited perspective, our own. We don’t see other options available to us, because we can’t see any other way to deal with the situation.  That is where God and the people He places in our lives come into play. They help us make the right judgement call.

Years ago, my mother was recovering from a whipple surgery, she had pancreatic cancer.  She was one of the 7% of people who were able to have it surgically removed.  She was staying with my brother and his wife because they were able to give her 24 hour care.  But then my brother’s wife had a bout with diverticulitis which landed her in the hospital. My brother was now overwhelmed with a wife in the hospital and a recovering mother at home.  I was scheduled to go out of town that weekend to visit friends. I had waited months for the trip. That morning, God nudged me to cancel the trip and help my brother. But it wasn’t what I wanted to do.  I called a good friend in Christ and discussed the situation with her. She confirmed the nudge God gave me. She told me I needed to cancel the trip and help my brother. Because of God and her, I made a good judgement call.

I wouldn’t have made the same decision if I was left to my own devices.  If we want to make good judgement calls, we have to let God help us. We have to listen to what His word says, and what His faithful followers say.  They have a perspective on the situation that is impossible for us as individuals to have.  

You can have good judgement in your life by spending time with God on a daily basis.  Reading HIs word, praying and waiting for the nudges God gives you. When you do, you’ll win favor with Him and people.

Question of the Day:

How can you seek God’s guidance in your decisions today?

Further Reading: Joshua 21:1-22:20 NIV, Luke 20:1-26 NIV, Psalm 89:1-13 NIV, Proverbs 13:15-16 NIV

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