Proverbs 18: King James Bible
Valley of Decision – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter eighteen, Verse 17
17 He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Valley of Decision
The first to be heard seems just, but that’s not to say that he is. There are a lot of things that people say that seem right, but when you take the time to hear the other side of the issue, you may have second thoughts.
This is a throwback to a devotional that we did a little while ago called “Folly and Shame.” In that devotional, we take a look at verse 13 of this chapter, which spoke about judging before hearing a matter. This verse above, tells us what to expect when hearing out a matter.
It is so easy to judge after hearing one side of a matter, isn’t it? Sometimes half a picture makes us think we can imagine the rest of that picture.
It’s scary to know how often the rest of a picture is far different than what we imagine it to be. When we’re walking through the valley of decision, we need to make sure to notice that there are pro’s and con’s to nearly everything.
If we’re hearing someone out about anything at all, that requires for us to make some sort of judgement call, it is most beneficial to hear both sides of an issue rather than a knee jerk reaction to the first thing you hear about it. There is far more to judgement than making a sentence against someone.
We’re taught in the scriptures not to judge at all, as it relates to other people and whatever might be going on between them and the Lord. But at the same time, it also tells us to use good and sound judgement.
So may believers wrongly search out scriptures in order to find reasoning to judge someone for whatever the reason. But there’s an enormous difference between judging someone and using sound judgement. One assumes that you are on par with God himself, while the other is making best use out of all available information.
All kinds of decision making requires all available information in order to make a wise decision. Have you ever jumped to a conclusion because of the great things you’ve heard, just to later on regret it?
Think of how many people get scammed out there, out of retirement money or household savings, all because of how convincing one side of a matter sounds. Scams evolve all the time, in order to stay as deceptive as possible. Kind of like different religions out there that pop up to cater to particular people.
But if someone who is presented with a great sounding scam, held on for a moment, and decided to do a quick google search (just for an example), it’s possible that the dirt on an organization would greatly outweigh the great sound of the scam.
We’re not always presented with both sides of an issue, as a judge would be in a court of law. Often, we need to do some digging in order to get to the truth of a matter. And then again, there are some things that can only be spiritually discerned.
Nothing in this evil world is as it appears. There are an abundance of things we can’t see, nor are we always able to search out. During these types of circumstances, it sure is a great comfort to have the Holy Ghost, and the gift of his discernment to give us aid, helping us out during the seasons of decision.
Related New Testament Scripture
Matthew 5: King James Bible
23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Matthew 7: King James Bible
7 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
1 Corinthians 2: King James Bible
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Hebrews 4: King James Bible
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 5: King James Bible
13 For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
Thank you for your patience, and for the grace that you shed upon all of us. Thank you for your Word, and for the precious gift of your Holy Ghost. Please stir up good discernment among us Lord, when it is necessary for us to make a wise decision. Protect us from foolishly stumbling into paths that we were never meant to traverse. This we ask in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Have you ever made decisions that you’ve lived to regret, while you were traversing through the valley of decision?