How To Make
Wise Decisions

First Time - Every Time

As regards wisdom, Scripture tells us:

  • that wisdom is "the principle thing,"

  • that wisdom is "a flowing brook,"

  • that wisdom is "a defense," 

  • that wisdom is "better than rubies,"

  • that wisdom is "better than strength," and

  • that wisdom is "better than weapons of war."

(Proverbs 4:7; 18:4; Ecclesiastes 7:12;
Proverbs 8:11; Ecclesiastes 9:16;  9:18)

Who of us, therefore, would not appreciate a double measure of wisdom - especially when we are facing hard decisions?

But where do we find wisdom?

In the book of proverbs we read that . . .

`Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars.' (Proverbs 9:1 NKJV)

For long years I wondered about these seven pillars of wisdom, and then I heard an inspiring talk by Pastor Ron Du Preez of Solusi College in Zimbabwe. While he did not make mention of the "seven pillars," as such, the seven points that he made certainly do constitute seven essential guidelines that we should always consider when looking to make wise decisions.

The following is a graphical summary of Pastor Du Preez's talk. Until such time as I am confronted with something more plausible, I would like to believe that these are the seven pillars of wisdom.


Whenever you are seeking wisdom . . .



Be guided by God's Word
Ps 119:105





Be guided by God's character
Rom 7:12






Be guided by Jesus' example
1 Peter 2:21







Be guided by the principles of love
2 Cor 5:14






Be guided by biblical standards rather than by biblical stories




Be guided
by what is right, not
by possible conse-quences
Rev 2:10



Be guided by God's law
Deut 5:29






`Wisdom has built her house, she has hewn out her seven pillars.' (Proverbs 9:1 NKJV)




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