Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I believe in Your commands. Psalm 119:66
Life would be so much easier if we had perfect judgment. Solomon has a reputation for the wise decisions he made. It is specifically wisdom that he sought when he became king.
The fact is that we too have to make decisions daily, and many times we make choices almost blindly, without any real assurance or even a hint of what the outcome will be.
All of us want to act decisively. No one appreciates a person who can't make up his mind. If the decision is ours to make, we should do so, with concern for the well-being of others as well as ourselves.
Probably the most important virtue in decision-making is humility, the humble recognition that we do at times make poor decisions that may be wrong. Human frailty in matters of judgment is universal. No one is exempt, though some may be endowed with a better sense of judgment than others. Above all, we know: If we have erred in our judgments, if we have tried to do what is right and in keeping with God's will, and if we seek forgiveness, we can be sure that for Christ's sake our mistaken judgments are forgiven. That assurance and that acceptance is most important.
PRAYER: O God, Your judgments are perfect. By Your Word and Holy Spirit guide us in all our decisions; in Jesus' name. Amen.
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