The basic premise is that we tend to make most decisions in life based on the question — Is this right or wrong? Moral or Immoral? and that may not be as helpful as a more broad reaching question…..
Stanley contends that a more important question is — Is this the wise thing for me do?
As he expands on the the idea he notes that questions of morality or right and wrong will work themselves out as you determine the wise course of action.
Asking what the wise course of action might be is a simplistic at first. He points out that there are three aspects to the questions that determine the answer:
- In light of my past experience,
- In light of my current circumstances, and
- In light of my future hopes and dreams …. what is the wise thing to do?
Some scriptures to consider when asking what is wise?
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.Ephesians 5:15–16For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.Proverbs 1:32–33Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.1 Corinthians 6:18–20Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.Proverbs 19:20The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.Psalm 111:10