Deuteronomy 1:17

“Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.”

To judge is to make decisions. Every decision you make has an impact on your life. 

You will have to decide what to study, what to eat, who to marry etc…

Let’s examine some aspects of good decision making.

1. Your decisions should not be partial.

You don’t have to make up your mind about something without knowing the facts. For example, you can make an assumption about people based on their; economic situation, race, gender etc… 

2. You decisions should not be based on social status.

The “small” and the “great” both have to be stripped of their camouflage and be judged as they are. Example, you can assume someone will be a good husband because he is rich. These outward layers can deceive you.

3. Know all the facts before taking a decision. 

You are to “hear both small and great.” You can’t take a good decision based on scanty information, so know all the facts.

4. Seek the opinion of more qualified and experienced people.

Moses said “bring me any case too hard for you.” When a situation beats your mind it’s better to refer it to more competent people to help you decide. 

Make good decisions. 

Kakra Baiden