How do I get wisdom?
Who doesn’t want to be more wise? Most of us want to be able to help others. Most of us realize and admit we make mistakes, but how do we break the cycle of repeating them? Maybe you are a teenager and you believe the expectations for you are to act fooloishly, and you realize you don’t want to act like a fool and you want to act wisely. Maybe you are a parent and you want wisdom in parenting teenagers, because you realize things are not going well in your home. How do we begin?
As I have been reading and praying about wisdom, I came across a message titled Get Wisdom and share these ideas with you. These are five observations from Scripture how we can get wisdom.
#1 Desire Wisdom (Proverbs 4:8)
“Cherish her, and she will exalt you; if you embrace her, she will honor you.”
Do you and I desire wisdom? We know the Bible teaches, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline (Proverbs 1:7).” This is not a desire because we are afraid God will attack us if we do wrong. Maybe your context of a father is one who is an angry man who looks for any little wrong to punish you physically or mentally? Or maybe your context of a father is one who is absent? This could not be further from who God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is! He is a loving Father who loves us with a never-ending love and only desires our good. So our fear is a fear that recognizes our own sinfulness and realizes without Him I would be nothing. It is a fear that we would never seek refuge, joy, or hope in anything or anyone other than Him.
#2 Apply ourselves to study and meditate upon the Word of God (Psalm 19:7)
“The instruction of the LORD is perfect, renewing one’s life; the testimony of the LORD is trustworthy, making the inexperienced wise.”
I recently listened to a message on the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10). I was reminded through it that we need to have a heart like Mary and hands like Martha. The order is critically important. When we take time to worship and sit at the feet of Jesus (study/prayer) before we work, then we will worship in and through our work.
#3 Pray (1 Kings 3:11; Colossians 1:9; Ephesians 1:17; James 1:5)
“So God said to him, “Because you have requested this and did not ask for long life or riches for yourself, or the death of your enemies, but you asked discernment for yourself to understand justice.”
What did Solomon do? He requested, prayed, to God. He did not pray for selfish wants but for wisdom/discernment to lead/guide God’s people. In the New Testament, Paul also prayed for believers that God would fill them with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. What did Paul do? He prayed to God. One church in Evansville has this statement on their church marquee, “Knowledge is from college but wisdom is from God.” A 3-credit hour class is not the source of wisdom, God is. He may use a class but ultimately we need to go to Him and ask.
#4 Think of death (Psalm 90:12)
“Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.”
Let’s not waste opportunities, because we don’t know how many we will have. Wisdom begins to understand that this life I have now, which is to be lived for the glory of God, is short. Yes, my eternity is set and I look forward to the day I will see Jesus face to face, but until that day, I want to live for Him. Teenage years are not wasted years. The years we have with our children in the homes are all vital. Let’s not waste them or consider them insignificant.
#5 Come to Jesus (Matthew 12:42; 1 Corinthians 1:24,30-31; Colossians 2:3)
“The queen of the south will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and look–something greater than Solomon is here!”
The Bible tells us that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Jesus. Godly wisdom comes to the one who first receives Jesus as Lord and Savior (John 1:12-13). Paul tells his young friend and colleague, “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed. You know those who taught you, and you know that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:14-15).” Wisdom that comes from God the Father and when applied to the individuals life through the work of the Spirit, allows them to see and trust the Son, Jesus Christ, as the rescuer from their sin and rebellion. Praise Him for His marvelous grace.
Getting wisdom is not easy, in fact, it is hard work. Work, not to earn God’s grace, but work, because we have experienced His grace.
“And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:19-20