Wisdom is supreme. Get wisdom. Yes, though it costs all your possessions, get understanding. – Proverbs 4:7
God is pleased with ‘wisdom’. Thus, we need to run after it earnestly. We need to seek and desire wisdom more than silver or gold. However, God’s idea of wisdom is totally different from the way this world functions. Being wise does not mean to be manipulative or cunning. You don’t have to get ahead of somebody to prove that you are wise.
True wisdom is to do what is right and just. Being wise is to seek goodness, always be honest and at the same time judge correctly.
Let’s take a look at what the word of God has to say about wisdom –
Fear of the Lord
Don’t be wise in your own eyes. Fear the Lord, and depart from evil. – Proverbs 3:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; but the foolish despise wisdom and discipline. – Proverbs 1:7
It says here not to be wise in one’s own eyes, but to fear God. Most of us think that we are very wise. We think that we can take care of our situations very well. Our decisions are influenced by people around us or what we think is the trend of the world. We like to follow the ways of the world. We easily ‘forget to fear the Lord’ and ‘listen to someone’ who tells us to lie or get fake certificates just to get a job done.
Knowledge of His Word
Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies, for they are always with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. I understand more than the aged, because I obey your precepts. – Psalm 119: 98-100
The one who studies His word (The Bible) and obeys it is wiser than his teachers and elders. Yes, if we study the word of God and live our lives according to what we have learnt, we gain more wisdom and insight than any philosopher or learned teacher. God’s word is full of knowledge and light. It unveils everything. It quenches our spiritual minds.
But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. – James 3:17-18
Godly wisdom is synonymous to righteousness. To attain Godly wisdom is to become gentle, peace-loving, merciful, impartial and honest.
Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise, but as wise; making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore don’t be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Don’t get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. – Ephesians 5: 15-18
The days are evil. Yes, Satan is after us all the time. He is looking for an opportunity to destroy us. That is why, it is instructed to be careful and wise, and not do anything to get into sin. We display our wisdom with the kind of life we live. For example, it is advised not to get drunk on alcohol as it leads to foolishness and bad conduct.
Discipline and correction
It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. – Ecclesiastes 7:5
Poverty and shame come to him who refuses discipline, but he who heeds correction shall be honored. – Proverbs 13: 18
It is very important to heed a valuable advice. There are times when we disregard someone’s good advice. We don’t like when someone corrects us. We get used to our indiscipline and don’t like to be reprimanded. But the wise thing is to heed such a rebuke and mend our ways in time.
Discerning and understanding
The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the cry of him who rules among fools. Wisdom is better than weapons of war; but one sinner destroys much good. – Ecclesiastes 9:17-18
A scoffer seeks wisdom, and doesn’t find it, but knowledge comes easily to a discerning person. – Proverbs 14:6
Discernment is the most precious quality of wisdom. There are people who don’t do anything to harm anybody, but they fail to choose between right and wrong. They don’t filter things the way they should – what kind of friends to choose, whom to marry, and things like that.
If we have a good discerning ability and understanding, we will make right choices, and the right choices will produce lasting happiness.
When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. The tongue of the righteous is like choice silver. The heart of the wicked is of little worth. The lips of the righteous nourish many, but the foolish die for lack of understanding. – Proverbs 10: 19-21
Weigh your words! Your words have power. So use your power wisely. Don’t use your tongue to discourage or hurt somebody. Use it to encourage and build somebody.
In all hard work there is profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. The crown of the wise is their riches, but the folly of fools crowns them with folly. – Proverbs 14:23-24
Wise people are diligent. Those who work hard receive their reward, but those who just talk get nothing. It’s pretty simple. So what is the wise thing to do?
Trusting God for everything
All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Now let the astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators, stand up and save you from the things that will come on you. – Isaiah 47:13
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3: 5
Wise people rely on God totally. They don’t dishonor God by seeking advice from astrologers or stargazers, because it’s only God who saves! Wisdom is to trust God and wait for Him. When we allow God to do something in our lives, it is far superior to what we thought we could or should have done. Don’t you agree?