Posts Tagged ‘Wisdom


Walking With The Wise

The people with whom we associate have the ability to shape who we are as people. A businessman named Jim Rohn once said something to the effect of that we are the average of the five closest people in our lives. The five people with whom you spend the most time. Solomon, in Proverbs 13 said this:

Walk with the wise and become wise,
    for a companion of fools suffers harm. – Proverbs 13:20 (NIV)

With whom are you hanging out? What kind of an impact are your friends having on you? Listen to the things you say. Carefully observe your own behavior. Are the people in your life building you up or are they bringing you down? Evaluate your relationships in light of the person you are and the person you want to become. If you walk with the wise, their wisdom will rub off on you. If you hang out with fools, you’ll do foolish things and harm will come to you. So who are your five closest friends? What impact and influence are you having on them and what kind of impact are they having on you?

The Lord Gives Wisdom

When it comes to wisdom and understanding, God is the source of both. Solomon writes:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
    and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. – Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)

James, the brother of Jesus, wrote in his letter:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1:5 (NIV)

How do we acquire wisdom? By asking the Lord. If you want to make wise choices and make better decisions, you need to ask the Lord for wisdom. That means humbling yourself before Him and seeking Him and His wisdom. You can learn quite a bit from people as far as knowledge is concerned, but if you want to be wise, you need to go to the source of wisdom and that is God. Take a little bit of time to pray today and ask the Lord for wisdom. He will generously give you all that you need to be wise.

Wisdom Is Calling

Good Friday morning to you! Proverbs 8 is all about the importance of finding wisdom. Solomon says:

Blessed are those who listen to me,
    watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
35 For those who find me find life
    and receive favor from the Lord.
36 But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
    all who hate me love death. – Proverbs 8:34-36 (NIV)

God created wisdom, according to Proverbs 8, before He created anything else. Wisdom was with the Lord from the very beginning. The Hebrew word for wisdom is feminine in gender. In Proverbs 6-7, Solomon warns against the adulteress. In Proverbs 8, Solomon urges his son to choose the right woman – wisdom. There are many benefits to his doing so found in this chapter. The last three verses of Proverbs 8 teach us that we should seek wisdom and that when we find her, we will be blessed. God blesses those who find wisdom and they find life. Those who ignore wisdom’s call will only come to harm and ruin. Pray and ask the Lord to fill you with wisdom today and be blessed as He answers your prayers.

Heeding The Words Of Wisdom

Proverbs 7 is a warning from Solomon to his son about staying away from an adulterous woman. He begins the chapter with these words:

My son, keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
2 Keep my commands and you will live;
    guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
3 Bind them on your fingers;
    write them on the tablet of your heart. – Proverbs 7:1-3 (NIV)

Not only should sons and daughters listen to their parents and learn from their wisdom, but we all should listen to God’s Word and learn from Him. The Holy Spirit instructs us through God’s Word. We need to pay attention to the Spirit’s leading and listen to the wisdom of God’s Word. God gave us the Bible, not as a list of rules to follow, but as an instruction manual for life. As our Creator, God has given us instructions for how to navigate through life without hurting ourselves and others. He knows us inside and out and when we listen to His Word and we do what it says, life tends to go better. So heed the words of wisdom found in God’s Word and may God bless you today.

Wisdom, Not Trivia

 I am kind of a trivia freak. I love playing Jeopardy, Trivial Pursuit and trivia games on my phone. I have been blessed with a mind for trivia. What I need more of, though, is wisdom. Solomon wrote this about the wisdom from God:

For the Lord gives wisdom;
    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

He holds success in store for the upright,
    he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 

for he guards the course of the just
    and protects the way of his faithful ones. – Proverbs 2:6-8 (NIV)

When God bestows wisdom, it changes our lives. In a world obsessed with the pursuit of trivial things that don’t matter, we need more people who pursue God’s wisdom. There are benefits when we do. God will bless us with knowledge and understanding, success and protection. Solomon asked the Lord for wisdom and God blessed him with it and so much more. May we seek the Lord’s wisdom over trivial knowledge each day.

The Beginning Of Knowledge

If you want to be wise, you’ve got to be humble before the Lord. The Lord is the one who gives wisdom and knowledge. Solomon wrote this in the first chapter of Proverbs:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
    but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)

Wisdom and knowledge are not just freely bestowed, though. Wisdom and knowledge come through instruction. If you want to grow wise, you’ve got to listen to the wise. If you want to gain knowledge, you have to heed instruction. Fools despise the instruction that they are given says Solomon. Those who want wisdom and knowledge must first humble themselves under the instruction of the Lord. That means heeding His Word. God has given us His Word in order to instruct us in our lives. It is an instruction manual from the Maker of us all to teach us how to use what He has made to its fullest potential. We would be wise to listen to – and to do – what He says.

Earthly Wisdom

Good Thursday morning to you! James, after talking about taming the tongue, describes two kinds of wisdom. The first is earthly and demonic. It is marked by selfishness and envy. He writes:
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. – James 3:13-14 (NIV)
Rather than using our “wisdom” to gain an advantage over people, we should use everything we have for the good of others. We should be humble and not full of selfish ambition. We should do good deeds for others rather than trying to satisfy our envious desires. That is when we will be using the wisdom God grants for the right purposes.

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