Importance of biblical wisdom in college: Make decisions based on faith, not habit

To the students who claim a biblical worldview, I hope the following shows you how practical the Bible is to your decisions and relationships.

As I started college, my faith was emotionally driven, not biblically rooted. I needed to feel good about every decision I made. If you base a decision on your emotions, does that always make it the best, wisest decision?

My emotions also push and pull my relationship with God. To the point when if I don’t feel close to God, I often doubt his existence.

As school begins, some of you are on a spiritual high from summer camp, from mission trips or New Student Orientation. You are beginning college, picking a major, applying for jobs or debating leaving jobs to make more time for social lives or your academic life.

You are going to have to make decisions and set priorities. What you value will be reflected in everything you do.

Stress will come. Opportunities to be distracted come every hour. And temptations to choose emotional satisfaction over wise, profitable, selfless decisions will pursue you.

You may be a legal adult, but that does not mean you have maturity.

While it may be easiest to make haphazard decisions, as you used to in your youth, it is important to consider what is wisest for your future.

“In light of my past experiences, my current situation and my future goals and dreams, what is the wise thing for me to do?” Andy Stanley, senior pastor of North Point Community Church, asks himself when faced with difficult decisions.

Seek wisdom. Love God, know his word; live his word. When you are matching his values and following after his heart, he will be pleased with you, his servant.

This does not make sense to everyone. When you decide to skip an event to work on a paper, you will face that common peer pressure to negate responsibility. Respond with understanding and grace.

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding,” Proverbs 2:6 says.

As Dr. Nathan Lewis always says in Christian Behavioral Science classes, “People do what makes sense to them.”

Seek understanding. Hold to the truth in God’s word. Choose what is wise. If you do not know what is “wise,” go read a chapter of Proverbs.

Colossians 4:5-6 says, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”

Prioritize knowing God and selflessly loving his people.

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