Ponders-Proverbs 21:2; Proverbs 24:12
People sometimes make wrong decisions. A lot of times those decisions seem right at the time they are conceived. The concept behind Proverb 21:2 suggests that motives are ultimately behind our decisions.
Ponder – “to think about something carefully over a period of time.” Scripture says that “God weighs our hearts.” Figures of speech suggest that some thoughts “weigh” more than others on our consciences. Again, at the time of conception, our thoughts seem right; but a wise rule to remember is that a spiritually developed heart is one that considers God’s Word before, during and after the initial idea is planted in our minds. Total submission by a willing Spirit clears the conscience and makes way for repentance from unwise decisions.
The author of Proverbs observes in men their tendency to act on decisions before they are absolutely sure the decision is a sound one. Then we see the term “but,” (conjunction used to indicate that something does not happen without something else happening or being the case), this mean that something happened; man contemplates his ways and concludes that all is well. The conjunction [But] signifies that the man’s actions in turn draw action from God or do not happen without God’s actions happening also, what is God’s action? “He weighs our thoughts.”
This concept is illustrated in an article by Pfiffner,
“Each of these perspectives sees environmental factors and historical circumstances as important parts of any situation facing presidents, but according to these an approach, the essential element in decision making is the unique mind-set, values, or character of each president (italics mine). The role of the individual president is the central factor rather than the surrounding institutions within which he is embedded.” (Pfiffner 2005)
The role of the believer is to carry out the will of God in their lives, “The role of the individual is the central factor affecting his decisions (See reference for excerpt above).” God also considers their thoughts; and the criteria highlighted in the excerpt demonstrate high standards that can only be inspired by God in righteous men’s hearts, they are (1) mind-set, (2) character, (3) values.
What’s important is the fact that all men, presidents and janitors alike should have their heart shaped by God because their decisions will reflect the condition of their hearts, and ultimately show up in their lives.
If one is called to a certain duty and does not see to it that it is completed satisfactorily, that is sin. A believer whose mind/heart is developed for service in Christ’s kingdom is mindful of this fact and is careful to consider every aspect of his or her office and its responsibility to ensure compliance [cheerfully], James 4:17, “Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.”
Finally, if a believer ponders on the concept that God also ponders, He or she should be motivated to check every spirit that can potentially affect his thoughts, by the Spirit of God in the spirit of the written Word of God.
 Source: Encarta Dictionary.
 Source: Encarta Dictionary.
 Source: Presidential Decision Making: Rationality, Advisory Systems, and Personality Journal article by James P. Pfiffner; Presidential Studies Quarterly, Vol. 35, 2005.
 Source: JFB Commentary-James 4.