Who needs Wisdom?
Ask for Wisdom
We are faced with many decisions every day. Some of those decisions could affect the rest of our lives. Therefore, we should desires wisdom in order to make the best decisions. When we ask God for wisdom, we can trust that he is with us every step of the way. He is able to show you what is best.
The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgement.
The soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment
The first definition shows us that there are three key components for wisdom. Through experience we gain wisdom because we learn valuable lessons that sometimes show us what was done correctly or what could have been done for a better outcome. Through knowledge we can learn from others the best choice. The word of God acts as a source of information that we can gain knowledge from to choose wisely. Then finally through good judgement we walk in wisdom that can only come from God. This is the process of discerning a matter fully and making the best possible choice.
The second definition is powerful because it states the soundness (free from injury, damage, defect, disease, in good condition, healthy) of an action or decision with regard to the application of the two things mentioned above. The reason why this is powerful is because in the context of faith, we look at the experience, knowledge, and good judgment of others in the word of God to make sound actions and decisions. In addition, we can listen to others’ wisdom as long as it lines up with the word of God. We have to discern whether their guidance is indeed wise with regard to the word of God.
Proverbs (known as the book of wisdom) was written by the wisest man in history, King Solomon. King Solomon became King at a young age. In 2 Chronicles 1:7- 12, God appears to Solomon in a dream and asked him what he desired from God. Solomon could have asked God for anything, but instead he asked for wisdom and knowledge to judge rightly over the people. God was pleased with what he asked and responded:
11 And God said to Solomon, Because this was in thine heart, and thou hast not asked riches, wealth, or honour, nor the life of thine enemies, neither yet hast asked long life; but hast asked wisdom and knowledge for thyself, that thou mayest judge my people, over whom I have made thee king: 12 Wisdom and knowledge is granted unto thee; and I will give thee riches, and wealth, and honour, such as none of the kings have had that have been before thee, neither shall there any after thee have the like.
Like Solomon, we too have to seek God for wisdom to make the right decisions regarding our lives. We do not have to rule a kingdom, but there are areas of influence that we have and important things that we are in charge of. On your job, in your marriage, in your family, in your local ministry, in your friendships, and so many other areas. You have to decide if you are going to operate in wisdom or not. Operating in wisdom affects your life and those connected to you.
Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord if the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
This verse lets us know that it has to go further than fear (reverence) of the Lord, but we should desire wisdom and instruction.
Proverbs 1:22 “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? And the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? 23 Turn you at my reproof (correction): behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.”
This is a promise made by God, but in the verses right after this section it reads that they did not regard his calling and outstretched hand, so the result would be fear, distress, anguish, and destruction. But for those who do listen will live safely and be safe from fear of evil. When I see fear of evil, I think of all the things we fear about our future, about relationships, or any other area of our lives. When we look to God and his wisdom on what we need, we can trust in God that he will lead and guide us in those areas of uncertainty.