There is a reason the scripture tells all men and women that wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord. It is obvious that without a basic recognition of God’s power and awesome capability to mandate His will as the absolute final reality concerning all things, man misses the point of why he is created. It is in the recognition of His power that we can find our way to the need to humble ourselves before Him. The scripture that comes to mind “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” reveals the need for every person on the planet to come to the place of seeing themselves as inferior to the Almighty Jehovah God.
The logical process to being able to trust the Lord is to first acknowledge His indisputable power which is insurmountable by any created thing in the heavens or upon the earth. Once this fact is established in our mind we can be sure we have begun to move into the path of true wisdom. Take careful note this is only the beginning. In the book of Job we find this word “and to man he said, behold the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
In the book of II Corinthians 5:11 we hear the greatest preacher of grace and of the tender mercies of the Lord toward us teaching every man of the terror of the Lord as a force to be recognized. This verse is one of those few times where this apostle preaches what is essentially fire and brimstone, a warning to all mankind of the awesomeness of God’s wrath if we choose to ignore the salvation provided in Christ Jesus.
The ultimate bad decision for any man or woman is to attempt to exclude the Almighty God and the Savior Jesus Christ from being Lord in their lives. For as Scripture plainly states he who loves his life will lose it and that speaks to those who utilize all of life’s energies in the propagation and continuation of this life’s comforts and pleasures. The flipside is that any man or woman who gives up this life and the supposed governorship of it to the Lord Jesus Christ has and will continue to have eternal life. No one is partially saved, no one is partially lost, we are either found in Christ’s righteousness or we are found outside of the only righteousness that is accepted with God the father. When we truly recognize that Jesus is the way, the truth, and eternal life we are then brought face to face with choice. That choice is to decide to be reconciled unto God through the fact of the finished work of Jesus Christ as He shed His blood for the sin of the whole world. You see there is no way to work ourselves out of this dilemma of being born into sin.
A provision was made by the God of creation to rescue lost man and that is done by providing a way that our trespasses against God would not be imputed or charged against us but against someone else instead. That someone else is Christ Jesus the Lord upon whom the sin of the whole world fell as He hung up on the cross. The Father knowing that His Son had no sin also knew death could not hold Him due to the fact of the Son’s obedience and the absence of a sin nature with which all humans are born. That sin comes literally from the sperm of our human father.
The ultimate bad decision, according to Hebrews 10:29, is to trample underfoot the blood of Jesus Christ and the covenant or agreement that He has with God the Father to take upon Himself the sin of the whole world. If you choose to believe that this was not an adequate sacrifice to make your spirit completely and wholly righteous as well as completely forgiven then you have made that choice to remain found in sin instead of in Christ and his righteousness.
We find the covenant between Jesus the Son and God the father earlier in the chapter where Christ says I come in the volume of the book as it is written of me to do thy will O God. in verse 10 we see the will of the Father sanctifying those who believe that through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all they are saved from the coming wrath of God upon a Truth rejecting world.
The culmination of bad decision-making can be found in the Gospel of Matthew 7:21 – 23. In this passage Jesus says plainly that when at the judgment seat before Him many will say ” Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name have done many wonderful works? And now the response of Jesus to those who have made a very bad choice. “and then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me ye that work iniquity. This is the result of the bad choice which has consequences that cannot be changed.