The dean of a university was at a faculty meeting when a professor from the antiquities department handed him an old brass lamp they had just acquired. The dean rubbed a smudge from it, and as he did, a genie appeared. “I’m the genie from the lamp,” he said, “and I’m here on a special assignment, Dean. Your unselfish service has won you a reward. You have a choice – you can have either unthinkable wealth, infinite wisdom, or unsurpassed beauty.” Without hesitating, the dean selected wisdom. “It is done!” the genie said, and then he disappeared into a cloud of smoke and back into the lamp. All` the other members of the faculty stared at the dean with amazement. Finally, one of them whispered, “Now that you have infinite wisdom, Dean, say something.” The dean looked them and said, “I should have taken the money.” (Copied).
The vast number of choices that Americans have in any area we should look are a blessing that much of the world cannot fathom. In Third World settings, the choices they face are not found on the shelves of a local supermarket, clothier, restaurant, mall, or retail outlet. The choice is to seek to stretch the limited supply of “whatever” they have “on hand” as far as humanly possible to provide for the needs that are critical with their family around them.
Every choice has a consequence. Wise choices open avenues that were not always evident before. Choices that are habitually poor lead to heartache, disappointment, and can lead to death. The Bible contains stories of those that made poor choices (Adam and Eve from the opening pages of history) as well as numerous Bible verses about making wise decisions as one walks with God.
Proverbs 1:5 – Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.
Proverbs 2:1-6 – My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Proverbs 15:22 – Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.
Proverbs 16:9 – The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.
Joshua 24:15 – “If it is unacceptable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 –This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life.
O Lord…. Help us today to walk with you. We need you to take our hands in your hand and keep our feet on your path of righteousness. We confess our need of You! We need your provision, protection, and power. And, we need your wisdom for every decision we must make this day. Thank you for providing for us through your grace. Let us show our gratitude by being obedient children of God. Amen.