Wisdom is the attribute of having knowledge, experience, and sound judgment as we apply that knowledge to various situations. Many of us lack wisdom in some area of our lives, whether it is in our finances, our relationships, or on our jobs. We make rash decisions without counting the costs either emotionally, financially or even spiritually. Often making decisions on emotion rather than sound reasoning, we find ourselves within the throes of poor decisions. Fortunately, the Bible gives us guidance concerning wisdom through the book of Proverbs. The Bible says that Proverbs are for: attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, and doing what is right and fair. Furthermore, the Bible tells us that in all thy getting get understanding, for wisdom is the principal thing. Furthermore, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Personified, wisdom cries out in the street.
Firstly, we must have knowledge of what the Bible says. The final arbiter of both morality and wisdom is God. We must seek God concerning every aspect of our lives. We need to ask Him: Should I be/ continue in that relationship? Should I take that job? Where should I live? We must first answer those questions in light of what the Bible says. If the Bible says that what we are about to do is outside the will of God, then we know that wisdom tells us not to do it. Many of us do not desire to seek God’s approval. We believe we know what is best, and we, therefore, do what is right in our own eyes. Having a choice, we can either seek wisdom and enjoy the benefits of it, or we can continue to lack wisdom, and suffer its consequences. Wisdom personified says that if we ignore his advice, he will laugh at our calamity. On the other hand, whoever listens to him, will live in safety, and will fear no harm.
Secondly, we must be willing to give up control of our lives, and give deference to the Lord, Jesus Christ. Acknowledging both the supremacy and the omniscience of God, we need not fear doing whatever God commands us to do. On the contrary, we should fear not doing what he has commanded. Again wisdom says, in all thy getting get understanding. Seek wisdom. It is indeed, the principal thing. Let’s begin by fearing the Lord, reverentially.
Let’s pray that we will use wisdom in every aspect of our lives so that we can enjoy its benefits. May God bless everyone of us and may we know him as both savior and Lord of our lives.
For further meditation and reflection read Proverbs 1. Read one Proverb a day to increase wisdom and continue its application.