Inside: Wisdom is one of the greatest qualities we can possess. It can drive us towards success, help avoid pain and heartache and lead us to well-being. What is wisdom and how do we become wise? The answer begins with God.
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Friend, I don’t know about you, but I’m on a quest for wisdom! I want to know how to balance life, make good choices and lead my family to the best life possible.
You might have noticed I didn’t say, I’m a quest for knowledge because actually, they are different.
The Difference between Wisdom and Knowledge
What is wisdom versus knowledge?
Knowledge: the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience or association (Merriam-Webster).
We go to school or pick up a self-help book to gain knowledge. Reading our Bibles can also give us knowledge about God and how your lives fit within God’s plan for humanity.
However, wisdom is knowledge, understanding, and application.
We take what we have read about worry, understand it isn’t good for us and then pray during anxious times.
Wisdom moves us from tips we have learned into making habit changes and sticking to them because we know the benefits of doing them.
Did you know wisdom is the greatest quality we can possess according to Proverbs 4:7?
(Proverbs 4:7, NLT).
7 Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!
And whatever else you do, develop good judgment.
Why Do We Need to be Wise?
Becoming wise in our lives allows us to make decisions according to God’s commands and it helps us avoid heartache and pain. Wisdom leads us toward success, greater safety, and personal well-being.
Let’s face it, the world is all over the place in trends, practices, and understanding is cloudy. The world seems to minimize and lead us away from God’s ideals by saying:
- Just do it.
- It’s not a big deal.
- Everyone else has done it.
So the evil culture leads us to sin; moving further away from God. Sin isn’t a small deal and one bad choice can affect the rest of our lives.
We know sexual promiscuity is rampant in our culture, but the wise person knows what God says about sex outside of marriage, understands the ramifications if they choose to disobey and decided to wait until they can consummate their marriage on their wedding night.
Becoming Wise Sounds like too Much Work?
Whenever we try to step up from the thoughts of the world, it does seem like hard and almost impossible work, but we’re not doing it alone.
While God could give us wisdom overnight as He did with Solomon, must of us will need to desire and work at it for our entire lives. We gain building blocks of wisdom piece by piece as we seek it out from God.
How do We Get Wisdom?
- We ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:10).
- By diligently studying God’s Word and apply it (Proverbs 19:20).
- We request wisdom in prayer daily and repeatedly (Proverbs 4:6-7).
- When trials and hard seasons come, we ask God to use the trial to grow us, change us, and make us wiser (Psalm 90:12).
If wisdom is a great quality to possess, why did King Solomon screw up and become the world’s dumbest man?
He made an allegiance to an enemy nation by marrying Pharaoh’s daughter instead of trusting in God to keep his nation safe.
He married many wives and had concubines. In order to keep them happy he built them shrines and idols. He literally followed the saying,” if momma ain’t happy no one is happy.”
The word from the Bible is, Solomon walked away from God and therefore lost all his wisdom.
(Proverbs 9:10, NLT).
10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.
Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.
The fear of the Lord which means a relationship with Him. It’s making God number one in life regardless of what happens. While gaining wisdom, God still remains important, we don’t ditch God because we think we don’t need Him anymore.
For Solomon, He started with fearing the Lord and following His commands and ended up being led away from God. Solomon became a fool because he no longer listened to or believed God was worthy of his attention.
(Proverbs 5:22, NLT).
22 An evil man is held captive by his own sins;
they are ropes that catch and hold him.
May we heed the example of Solomon and grow in the fear of the Lord never forgetting where the source of wisdom comes from.
An Online Bible Study Called “Wisdom Whispers”
If you’re interested in learning more about Solomon, my friend, Sarah has an amazing free, online Bible study called “Wisdom Whispers!”
If you’ve never taken one of Sarah’s Bible Studies, you have to. She breaks down the Bible in ways you can see hidden gems and understand concepts greater!
One of my favorite quotes from this study is in the graphic below! I hope you’ll check out this study and sign up to learn more about “Wisdom Whispers!”
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You won’t be disappointed!