1 Kings 3:28
“And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.”
The one thing that set Solomon aside in the eyes of the people was his ability to make judgments. Yes, the reason he made good judgments was because he had the wisdom of God. Making judgments may seem like it should be easy, but it can be one of the hardest things to do, especially as a leader; however, if you are going to have a blessed future, you must judge situations. Judgment is having the ability to make considered decisions; it is the ability to come to sensible conclusions. There are several things needed if you are going to be able to make good judgments.
First, you must be able to divide right from wrong. You are going to have to say that some things are good and some things are bad. You are going to have to able to say that there are good places and bad places. You will never make good judgments until you are willing to remove the gray areas from your life. Many people don’t like to say that something is right or wrong, but you cannot make good judgments in life until you are willing to draw a line between right and wrong.
Second, you must be able to separate situations from people. One of the hardest things about making good judgments is the ability to separate the situation from the person who has done what you are judging about. People who make good judgments are able to divorce themselves from the person so they can make a wise conclusion.
Third, you must keep God’s Word as your measurement for all decisions. God’s Word is the line by which you make decisions. You cannot take God’s Word out of your decision making and think that you are going to make good judgments. Good judgments are based on God’s Word. One reason you need to study God’s Word daily is to learn what the Scriptures teach about every situation you will face in life. You can avoid having to make situational decisions on the moment if you learn to make the decision based on God’s Word before the situation arises. The more you make decisions from God’s Word without the situation demanding an immediate decision, the fewer decisions you have to make in the future. You don’t have to make the same decision over and over again; rather, you must make the decision based on God’s Word, and when the situation arises, let the principle you established from God’s Word decide for you.
Fourth, you must be willing to look back to the past to make decisions in the present. History is a great guide in judgment because its conclusion has already been revealed. When you come upon a decision requiring your judgment, you can look to the history of that situation and history will help you to make the right judgment.
Fifth, you must be able to separate immediate fulfillment and pleasure from future direction and consequences. This may be the hardest thing about making good judgments. Good judgments are not about how you are immediately impacted, but where will that judgment take you in the future. Many things that look good now will look bleak when you look through the prism of where that judgment will take you. Your ability to judge can be greatly enhanced if you will let the destination of that judgment influence your decisions.