In 2 Peter 1:5, after Peter tells us to add to our faith virtue, he tells us to add to virtue, “Knowledge.” This word means having a practical wisdom that helps us deal with life. It means having the wisdom which enables us to always do what is right in the day to day situations of life. Where does this wisdom come from?
For many, they think that this wisdom comes from their family and friends. Unfortunately, many times, the very people we go to for advice are the very ones who live in perpetual dysfunction. So we end up listening to those who we shouldn’t be listening to. Now this doesn’t mean we should never go to someone for advice, it simply means that we need to go to the right one’s for advice. How do we know who to go to? Any time you go to someone for advice, look at the fruit of their life; what kind of a person are they? What does their personal life look like? What does their marriage look like? These are legitimate questions that need to be answered, before you ever go to that person and ask them what they think about your situation.
Yet, here is the most important key; any time we are faced with a life altering decision, we should first run to the Lord. God will give us the wisdom we need to deal with whatever needs to be dealt with. Psalm 32:8, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go: I will guide you with my eye.” James 3:17, “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” When we can face life’s decisions with the wisdom God gives us, we are on our way to making good decisions.