After a long hiatus due to illness and traveling, I am back at my blog! I’m sharing today on how the Bible is useful in the pursuit of wisdom. Many people long to be wise and to make the right decisions (myself included) and the Bible gives us a great guide on how to obtain wisdom that will be useful for all of our actions and decisions.
Proverbs 2:6 says, “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” The most important thing to do when we want to gain wisdom is to seek to follow the ways of the Lord. And as a Christian, when we ask for wisdom, God will give it to us! “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 (Remember to ask believing that He will give it to you!)
The book of Proverbs is full of verses encouraging us to seek the knowledge and understanding of God. Whatever situation we are in, the Lord will bestow on us the wisdom to handle that particular circumstance with grace. At the same time, the promise on our part is to seek godly advice and search the Bible (primarily) for the answers to our questions. There are other good sources of information that will help us make well-informed decisions, but God’s Word is the richest of all!
We are told many times in Proverbs to “get wisdom” (Prov. 4:5) and not to forsake it (Prov. 4:6). The blessings of desiring, pursuing and holding fast to wisdom are that it will reward us (Prov. 9:12), make us humble (Prov. 11:2) and give us patience (Prov. 19:11) among other things.
“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:1-6
So many Bible verses reflect the certainty that the best way to acquire and cherish wisdom is to listen to the commands and truths of the Lord as laid out in the His Word. Searching for meaning and problem solving by way of the world’s reasoning simply will not do us any good.
“Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness’ and again, ‘The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.'” 1 Corinthians 3:18-20
God be with you and I as we seek after His wisdom! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!