Today’s blog post is of wisdom and how important it is to ask for it and attain it.
Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. ~Proverbs 4:5 (NLT)
“Learn to be wise,” he said, “and develop good judgment and common sense! I cannot overemphasize this point.” ~Proverbs 4:5 (TLB)
If you want wisdom, you must decide to go after it. And this will take resolve – a determination not to abandon the search once you begin, no matter how difficult the road may become. And this is not a once-in-a-lifetime step but a daily process of choosing between two paths – the way of the wicked and that of the righteous. Nothing is more important or more valuable.
The Way Of The Wicked
Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers. Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving. For evil people can’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for the day. They can’t rest until they’ve caused someone to stumble. They eat the food of wickedness and drink the wine of violence! But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over. ~Proverbs 4:14-17, 19 (NLT)
Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. ~ Proverbs 4:6-7 (NLT)
David taught Solomon as a young boy that seeking God’s wisdom was the most important choice he could make. Solomon learned the lesson well. When God appeared to Solomon to fulfill any request, the new king chose wisdom above all else.
We should also make God’s wisdom our first choice. We don’t have to wait for God to appear to us. We can boldly ask him for wisdom today through prayer. James 1:5 assure that God will grant our request.
Prayer For Wisdom
If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it. ~ James 1:5 (TLB)
By “wisdom,” James is talking not only about knowledge but also about the ability to make wise decisions in difficult circumstances. Whenever we need wisdom, we can pray to God, and he will generously supply what we need. Christians don’t have to grope around in the dark, hoping to stumble upon answers. We can ask for God’s wisdom to guide our choices.
The wisdom that we need has three distinct characteristics:
- It is practical. The wisdom from God relates to life even during the most trying times. It is not a knowledge isolated from suffering and trials. This wisdom is the tool by which trials are overcome. An intelligent person may have profound ideas, but a wise person puts profound ideas into action. Intelligence will allow someone to describe several reasons why the car broke down. The wise person chooses the most likely reason and proceeds to take action.
- It is divine. God’s wisdom goes beyond common sense. Common sense does not lead us to choose joy in the middle of trials. This Wisdom begins with respect for God, leads to living by God’s direction, and results in the ability to tell right from wrong. James 3 describes that wisdom at length.
- It is Christlike. Asking for wisdom is ultimately asking to be like Christ. The Bible identifies Christ as the “wisdom of God” (1 Cor. 1:24; 2:1-7).
If you exalt wisdom, she will exalt you. Hold her fast, and she will lead you to great honor; she will place a beautiful crown upon your head. ~ Proverbs 4:8-9 (TLB)
If we give Wisdom first place in our priorities, she will promote us handsomely. If we embrace her lovingly, she will bring us to places of honor.
“She will adorn you with charm and crown you with glory.” Wisdom confers a pure beauty on her children. Contrast, for instance, the repulsiveness of a life abandoned to dissipation and immorality.
As you can see my friend, it is vital to pursue wisdom. I pray that you seek and find wisdom in your daily choices. Be blessed!
Believer’s Bible Commentary
NLT Chronological Life Application Study Bible