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Wisdom: Why, Where, and How

WisdomI’ve been reading through the Bible book of Proverbs during my morning quiet time. Written almost 3,000 years ago by Israel’s king Solomon, the wisdom found there is just as relevant today. This collection of proverbs or “wise sayings” encourages us to seek God’s wisdom and apply it to our lives.

Sounds good right? But you may have a few questions. Like:

  • Why should we want wisdom?
  • Where do we find wisdom?
  • How do we gain wisdom?

Guess what? This book of wisdom answers all those questions too.

Why Wisdom? 10 Reasons We Should Want It

Benefits of seeking wisdom and acting wisely are woven through the book of Proverbs. I could have listed many more, but these 10 are reasons that were mentioned repeatedly:

  1. To increase knowledge (Proverbs 1:4)
  2. To find purpose for my life (Proverbs 1:4)
  3. To get guidance (Proverbs 1:5)
  4. To know God better (Proverbs 2:5)
  5. To rest in God’s protection (Proverbs 2:7)
  6. To find the right course of action (Proverbs 2:9)
  7. To escape the consequences of sin and folly (Proverbs 3:25, 33)
  8. To find favor with God and other people (Proverbs 3:4)
  9. To develop discretion (Proverbs 5:2)
  10. To please God with my life (Proverbs 8:35)

Where Do We Find Wisdom?

We won’t find wisdom in textbooks or on the Internet. We won’t find it in the leaders of the world or your favorite talk show host. There is only one source for wisdom:

“For the LORD gives wisdom and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

Wisdom belongs to God (Job 12:13). He created it (Proverbs 8:22). If we desire wisdom we must go to Him to receive it.

How Do We Gain God’s Wisdom?

God is the source of wisdom, but how do we receive it from Him? Where do you start? Proverbs 9:10 tells us, “Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in understanding.”

Okay. Sounds good, but what does that mean? What does it look like?

Godly “fear” is an attitude that recognizes the power, authority, omniscience, and total transcendence of God. This recognition fosters trust. We trust that everywhere He leads is right and every path He guides us down is the best one for us. We will listen to His guidance. We will follow His lead and obey His instruction. Thus, we will walk in His wisdom.

Godly fear leads to godly wisdom. Want to be wise? Fear God.

Wisdom. Want it? Great benefits for life come from fearing Him who is the true Source of wisdom.

What are you doing today to either seek or apply God’s wisdom?

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